Term Pet Assisted Therapy
Code RP-8000.6400
Definition Programs that help veterans with PTSD, inmates serving a sentence in prison, emotionally disturbed individuals or people who are isolated improve their personal and social functioning by giving them an opportunity to take responsibility for and/or relate to a domestic animal. In some cases, the animals may be selected due to comparable histories of trauma. Also included are programs that bring dogs or other small pets to visit people residing in a nursing facility or another institutional setting who are ill or elderly or have disabilities; and those that employ Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) who volunteer with their owner/handler as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children. A similar program offers children the opportunity to learn to read by reading to one of its therapy horses.
Created 3/10/92
Changed 2/11/20
Use References Animal Assisted Therapy
Hug A Pet Programs
Pet Visitation Programs
Reading Education Assistance Dogs
Reading Therapy Horses
See Also References Canine Crisis Support Teams (TH-2600.6500-120)
Equestrian Therapy (RP-8000.1925)
Pet Assisted Therapy Volunteer Opportunities (PX-0500.6500)
Pet Assisted Therapy Workshops (PD-6250.0750-630)
External Classification Terms Animal-Assisted Therapy (NPC F07.02)
Counseling (UW
Counseling (NTE F60)
Mental Health/Addictions (AIRS MH-500)
Mental Health/Addictions (CAN MH-500)
Related Concepts Animals
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Reading Education Assistance Dogs", Intermountain Therapy Animals website, http://www.therapyanimals.org/read/index.php

"Sit, Stay and Heal: Specially Trained Dogs Offer Companionship as Well as Medical Assistance" by Pamela Gerhardt, Special to Washinton Post, Los Angeles Times, Monday, July 31, 2000.

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