Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) is an approach to interventions where animals are used to provide motivational, recreational, therapeutic, and/or enhance educational benefits with people in a variety of environments. The presence of specified treatment goals or objectives is not required in AAA. Additionally, AAA does not require implementation by trained personnel or an animal registered in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and session content can be spontaneous.
Current research reports that companionship, stress, emotions, anxiety, communication, sequencing, reading, attention, social skills, activities of daily living, functional use of upper body, fine motor, sensory processing, mental health, and physical fitness are just some of the skills supported by at AAA.
Here at Developmental Occupational Therapy we provide AAA in our therapeutic sessions. The animal involved at the office is a 10 year old, female, American cocker spaniel named Sunnie.
Sunnie is licensed with Sacramento City and is up to date on all vaccines. Sunnie loves children and coming to work. She enjoys playing catch, treats, sleeping in the sun and cuddles! She is very mild mannered and is a great asset to our staff. Sunnie has had past certification with the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a Novice therapy dog, meaning she documented less than 50 but more than 10 therapy sessions. Sunnie is a vital part of our therapy team and we hope you are comfortable with her presence and participation in our office and your sessions.