Why Animals?

    There is a strong bond between animals and people. Animals are accepting, non-threatening and non-judgmental, making it easier for people to open up. Some of the benefits of animal-assisted therapy include:
*Improved fine motor skills
*Improved balance
*Increased focus and attention
*Increased self-esteem and ability to care for oneself
*Reduced anxiety, grief and isolation
*Reduced blood pressure, depression, and risk of heart attack or stroke
*Improved willingness to be involved in a therapeutic program or group activity Increased trust, empathy and teamwork
*Greater self-control
*Enhanced problem-solving skills
*Reduced need for medication
*Improved social skills Because many children, teens and adults enjoy working with animals, animal-assisted therapy can be particularly beneficial for individuals who are resistant to treatment or have difficulty accessing their emotions or expressing themselves in talk therapy.

WHAT CONDITIONS/DISORDERS DOES ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY TREAT? People with a variety of conditions can benefit from animal-assisted therapy, including:
*Autism spectrum disorders
*Heart disease
*Developmental disorders
*Psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia Emotional and behavioral disorders *Chronic pain

**DISCLAIMER** This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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