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 Therapy Services of Sacramento we provide AAA in our therapeutic sessions.