We first experimented with applying Animal Therapy for children with Mental Retardation at Jidda School, Thane. Since then, with the aim of applying this therapy is various areas of mental health for children, we have implemented Animal Assisted Therapy in special schools for children with emotional, physical and developmental disabilities . We have worked with children with autism, hyperactivity, downs Syndrome, mental retardation, hearing and speech impairment, physical disabilities etc. These programs are goal oriented and designed specifically for the school/institute to meet their requirements. We also document the findings of pre and post therapy for each of our therapy programs. The therapy dogs that are assigned for the program become a part of the school/institute’s culture . For children with special needs, the ability to interact with a dog, cat, or other furry friend can have a very positive impact upon their quality of life. Interacting with a pet can sometimes enhance recovery following a serious illness. It can change behavior, create a sense of responsibility and even improve a child’s ability to participate in therapeutic treatment leading to achievement in relation to identified goals and objectives. Children are often extremely trusting and easily achieve a level of intimacy with animals. This special bond contributes to pets’ effectiveness as co-therapists. Animal Assisted Therapy Programs have been implemented in the following places.
List of Schools where AAT programs are conducted. Please click on the school to find more.
- Jidd School, Thane
- Skills and Ability, Navi Mumbai
- Shri Ma Snehdeep, Thane
- Mookdhwani, Vile Parle, Mumbai
- Disha Counseling Center, Juhu, Mumbai
- David Sassoon Industrial Scheeol, Mumbai
- Academy of Learning and Development, Andheri, Mumbai
- Prasanna Autism Center, Pune
- Bal Kalyan Sanstha, Pune
- Sindhu Vidyalay, Pune
- Orchid School, Pune
- Anugraha Rehabilitation Center, Pune
- All Stars Center, Pune