Would you like to utilize Animal Assisted Therapy with your clients?
Please read the information below to get started.
How can I or my clinic receive services?
Call us to make an appointment for us to go over our program in detail. We can also attend an in-service to present our program to your staff.
Where does Pawsitive Friendships provide services?
We are able to work with a variety of clinical settings (Occupational, Speech, Physical Therapies or ABA). We are currently only providing services in a clinic. We do not go in to homes for therapy sessions. Our goal is to be as productive as possible, with the least amount of distractions. We feel that a clinic setting would provide a safe environment for both the child and animal.
Is Animal Assisted Therapy right for all of my clients?
You know your clients best. If your clients have a fear of animals we suggest that they not participate in AAT. Other than that most children respond well to animals.
How many hours can a therapy dog work?
A Therapy dog is allowed to work 20 hours per week or two hours per day. The limiting factor on this is the handler. The handler is a volunteer and may have limited schedule times. We will work with you to find the best pet therapy team fit for you and your client.
Can’t I just bring my own dog, they are really good with kids?
A registered therapy dog is not permitted to “work”. If a handler utilizes a therapy animal in their workplace they are not within policy of the registering organizations (Pet Partners’ and Therapy Dogs Inc.) and the liability insurance is not valid.
In addition to the above, we desire to create the safest environment and experience for both the child and animal. Our model utilizes a 1:1 ratio, the therapist is responsible for the child and the handler is responsible for the animal. By doing this each party is fully supervised at all times.
How will AAT change my regular session?
Our goal is not to change your session but enhance the session. Our handlers follow your lead and communicates with you throughout the session. If the session is unproductive than it may not be a good fit and needs to be reevaluated.
What do you require from the therapists?
We have the therapist sign our volunteer’s time log and every quarter we ask the therapist to complete a short survey to evaluate our productivity.
Is there a fee for your services?
We do not charge the families for our services. We do ask each facility for a minimum tax deductible donation to help provide supplies to the teams that will be visiting. (Please call for more details.)
Can you provide AAT in a Special Education School?
Yes. We are able to work with schools as well as clinics. Please call us at (480) 353-7833 for more information, as we review schools on a case-by-case basis.