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Pet therapy for adults with disabilities
Pet therapy for adults with disabilities enhances the programs we offer at PAI. A dog can teach people a lot when it comes to breaking communications barriers. This is especially important for adults with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD), autism spectrum disorder, or traumatic brain injury. PAI partners with volunteers who bring their trained service dogs to our locations for weekly pet therapy sessions. These visits help to enhance the social and physical well being of clients in our day programs for adults with disabilities. Spending time with pets encourages engagement and can bring a smile to the faces of adults in our program.
Trusted, canine companions provide a fun and natural way for people with disabilities to learn new skills and practice current skills. Therapy dogs have been proven to assist in decreasing the isolation of people with disabilities. Regular visits from therapy dogs help to facilitate socialization and build self-confidence, cognitive skills and motor skills – all important outcomes for PAI clients in our pet therapy program.
The volunteers who bring trained therapy dogs for weekly visits to PAI facilities, offer clients the opportunity to:
Improve their social skills
Increase their range of motion
Receive sensory input
Improve their mood