Could your child benefit from Animal Assisted Therapy with Pawsitive Friendships?
Please read the information below to get started.
How do I know if AAT is right for my kid?
Most kids respond well to animals and will benefit from AAT. We do not recommend AAT if your child has a fear of animals.
Is this the same type of Animal Therapy done in Hospitals or Nursing Homes?
No. Our animals play a VERY interactive role in your child’s therapy. The therapist and handler work together to integrate the traditional exercises and activities that your child normally does, to now involve the animal. Your child is “working” without realizing it, to them it is play. We call this outward focus, they are focusing on something other than themselves and what they can’t or may have a difficult time doing.
Where are the services provided?
We currently work in clinic settings. 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.
How can I receive AAT for my child?
If you are interested in your child receiving AAT in conjunction with his/her regularly scheduled therapy, you can ask their therapist if they are interested in participating. If they are, please call our office (480) 353-7833 and give us your information and the therapist’s information and we will handle the rest.
Do you charge the families for this service?
No, we do not charge the families for our services. We are a 501c3 organization and are able to accept donations from individuals and businesses to fund our program.
Can I stop AAT if my child does not respond well?
Absolutely! We want your child to be successful with or without our animals. If the therapy sessions become nonproductive with AAT then we highly recommend stopping or even just taking a break.