AAT is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession.
AAT is designed to promote the improvement in human physical, social , emotional, and/or cognitive functioning. AAT is provided in a variety of settings and may be group or individual in nature. This process is documented and evaluated. (Handbook for Animal-Assisted Activities and Animal-Assisted Therapy, Delta Society, 1992)
Children and animals are a natural combination. The most simple reason AAT is effective is motivation! Children’s eyes light up when they see a loving animal. The Speech Circle’s therapy animals can be integrated into any therapeutic intervention. We are highly creative with incorporating animals into therapy.
Our dogs are registered therapy dogs with national organizations and we also have two guinea pigs who have excellent temperaments.
See DelSignore with one of her therapy dogs at an MSPCA event.
"Guests, pooches pony up at MSPCA benefit" (Boston Herald)