"Animal assisted speech, language or feeding therapy" is the planned inclusion of an animal in a patient’s treatment plan to help the therapist address speech, language or feeding goals. Animal assisted speech language pathology is provided by a licensed speech-language pathologist, using animals who are specially selected to perform this work.
Animals who help in our sessions include horses, miniature horses, miniature donkeys, rabbits, goats, sheep, dogs, cats and chickens.
The animals, and interactions with them, can be used to:
Increase client motivation.
Increase client participation in treatment.
Target skills such receptive and expressive language, articulation and phonology, functional communication, reading and speech fluency.
Help a client develop joint attention and pragmatic language skills.
We are pleased to offer Animal Assisted Therapy in Islandia and Hauppauge NY. We specialize in Equine assisted therapy on Long Island.
According to the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, "people are happier and healthier in the presence of animals. Scientifically-documented benefits of the human-animal bond include decreased blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and enhanced feelings of well-being." In addition, research provides evidence of the following benefits: