Animal-Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy plays a key role at Nature's Edge

More than simply spending time with an animal, Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a therapist-guided experience designed to improve a patient's mental, physical, social and emotional functioning. At Nature's Edge, our therapy animals include dogs, cats, chinchillas, donkeys, llamas, pot-bellied pigs, cows, parrots and ferrets, each chosen for their characteristics in relation to the patient's specific goals.

For example, a patient with difficulty in the areas of concentration, communication and fine motor control will be encouraged to pay attention to a story.  The patient is then introduced to a parrot and will take turns with the parrot, repeating specific words and turning pages, as directed by the therapist.

Each animal-assisted therapy session is documented and the patient’s progress is evaluated on an ongoing basis.


What are the benefits of animal-assisted therapy?

Physical

  •  Improved fine motor skills
  •  Improved wheelchair skills
  •  Improved balance
  •  Lower blood pressure


Social

  •  Increased verbal interaction
  •  Increased attention skills
  •  Development of leisure skills


Emotional

  •  Increased self-esteem
  •  Reduced anxiety
  •  Reduced loneliness


Cognitive

  • Increased vocabulary
  • Improved long- and short-term memory
  • Improved knowledge of concepts, such as size, color, etc.


Wisconsin specialists in animal-assisted therapy

We encourage you to contact us at Nature's Edge to learn more about our Wisconsin animal-assisted therapy services!