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Pet therapy for young adults with developmental disabilities.
Dogs make excellent friends. For young adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and especially those with autism spectrum disorders or traumatic brain injury, pet therapy can open the door to unique learning opportunities. PAI partners with volunteers whose dogs have been trained as therapy dogs. These dedicated volunteers accompany their service dogs to our locations to interact with and help young adults learn important social and life skills, all while having fun with “their” dog.
Trusted, canine companions provide a fun and natural way for young adults with developmental 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 for people with disabilities.
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