Prasanna Autism Center



Prasanna Autism Center is a dedicated organization, headed by Mrs. Padmaja Godbole and is aimed at making every day a ‘Prasanna Day’ (joyous day) in the lives of the autistic children. It had been a long-standing dream and vision of Mrs. Padmaja Godbole. The main objective is to undertake and monitor all such activities, which would help to improve the general awareness of society at large, to treat children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and counsel the parents. Prasanna aspires to be a center unique in its ways and methods in helping parents and professionals understand and manage autistic spectrum disorders (ASD).

Therapy dog Sophie, a brown Labador, was trained to be the in-house therapy dog specially for the center. She stayed with the Godbole family and worked with the children in the center. Her spirited presence helped non-verbal, non-responsive children to notice her, thus leading to improvement in eye cont act and speech. A lot of children who had crying spells and sensory issues benefited by Sophie’s presence. For many non-verbal children, ‘Cho-pie’ was their first ever word.

This was the first AAT based program conducted by Animal Angels in Pune. This program was an in –house therapy dog program, backed by research data. The research program consisted of training an in-house therapy dog, providing therapy to the autistic children at the center, documenting the changes and training the sta ff and students in AAT.

A paper presentation ‘Animal  Assisted  Therapy and Autism’ based on the documented results of the therapy program at Prasanna was done at the International Conference on Psychology held at NIMHANS Bangalore in July 2007.

” We have seen tremendous change in the children due to Sophie’s mere presence. She is a big help in calming down agitated and crying children. We have also seen a big improvement in their eye cont act and expression levels. For many children ‘SOPHIE’ is the first word they have spoken.” -Mrs. Padmaja Godbole

For more information:

Mrs. Padmaja Godbole

Prasanna Autism center

Bhandarkar Rd, Deccan, Pune


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Comforting Angels at Mumbai International Airport!

December 17, 2015December 17, 2015
Animal Angels Comforting Angels at Mumbai International Airport!  We at Animal Angels are happy announce our latest project with you. In a first-of-its-kind in Asia, GVK CSIA (Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai) has initiated a pilot program called “Comforting Angels”, a pet therapy program in partnership with the Pune-based Animal Angels Therapy Centre at the iconic Terminal 2 in Mumbai. These wagging “Comforting Angels” are employed to soothe, comfort and de-stress passengers inside the departure terminal.  

Animal Angels Therapy Centre, the consultation branch of Animal Angels Foundation, headed by Aakash Lonkar and Minal Kavishwar,  manages this project is proud to be associated with GVK CSIA to brings such simple joys to passengers. The program has been a success at the airport and the passengers have been extremely appreciative of this ongoing adorable experience.  

Animal Angels Comforting Angels at Mumbai International Airport!  
High stress and high anxiety are quite common for travelers. In efforts to ease that stress, airports have tried everything from gourmet coffee shops to lounges to massage rooms. But GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) is trying something new.  

GVK CSIA is always making efforts to make their passengers experience at the airport seamless and comforting. Understanding that passengers bound for international travel experience anxiety, stress, loneliness sometimes coupled with exhaustion, insomnia or jet lag. Scientific studies show that petting a dog is an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety. Frazzled passengers dealing with delays, missed flights, and gate changes are given the opportunity to do just that when they encounter the “Comforting Angels” patrol.  

Animal Angels Comforting Angels at Mumbai International Airport!  
The pilot project which has been initiated by the three trained Golden Retrievers; Therapy dogs Pepe, Goldie and Sunshine, at the GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) mean strict business when in contact with passengers.  Dressed in jackets that say “Pet Me”, the squad approaches passengers to be petted and cuddled. It’s hard to think of an excuse to ignore this squad of four legged adorable bundle of joy.

Animal Assisted Activity at Ruby Hall Cancer center

February 16, 2014February 16, 2014
To mark the World Cancer day which comes on the 4th of February, Animal Angels Foundation conducted an animal assisted visiting session at Ruby Hall Cancer center for children undergoing various treatments for cancer, on 9th February, 2013. Therapy dogs Kiara and Houdini interacted with the cancer patients at Ruby Hall along with the team of therapist. We got a tremendous response from the children who, for the first time had a great reason to visit the hospital with a smile.