Animal Therapist by Kay Frydenborg

By Kay Frydenborg

This sequence investigates strange careers in science-related fields and reveals out approximately usually thought of ways that technology should be placed to take advantage of. With complete color phtographs and illustrations. a long time 12-16 years.

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Through hippotherapy, children born with severe disabilities can make big improvements in muscle tone and in their ability to control their head and upper body. They may also be able to reduce involuntary muscle spasms that often make it difficult for them to coordinate their movements for walking and other activities. The patient’s response to the horse’s movement is unconscious; it just “happens,” automatically, through following the rhythmic movements of the horse as it walks. Therapeutic Riding Therapeutic riding is the proper term for a more active kind of exercise on horseback.

PRISON PUPS Another way the line can be blurred between service dogs and therapy dogs is illustrated in programs like Project POOCH or Puppies Behind Bars. In these and other similar programs, inmates and juvenile offenders are given the opportunity to train homeless dogs for future careers as service dogs, therapy dogs, or police dogs. This provides both the animal and inmate with important skills for the future, while being therapeutic for both. Project POOCH (Positive Opportunities—Obvious Change with Hounds) is an Oregon program that trains juvenile offenders to care for homeless dogs from a local humane society.

But these same children are often eager to read to a friendly dog that is willing to lie quietly beside them and “listen” as they read a story. This is also helpful to children for whom English is their second language, who may struggle to get by in a mainstream classroom. For children who have participated in these dog-centered literacy sessions, reading scores have improved significantly. Improvements have also been noted in self-confidence and self-esteem, attitudes toward school and learning, and overall school grades.

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