What is Animal Assisted Therapy?
There are two levels at which therapy visits can be conducted:
Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal Assisted
AAA allows the handler and companion animal to make
visits to a facility on a social level only. This is a very
basic level or "beginners level" and does not involve
the companion animal and handler to participate in any goal
directed therapy. Depending on the facility and the members' preferences, visits
can be conducted in small groups with their companion animals,
or on a one to one basis.
contrast, AAT utilizes a companion animal along with
a handler and healthcare professional to administer goal directed
treatment to a patient. Goal directed therapy requires that
a treatment plan be constructed setting specific goals for
the patient involving the companion animal.
Tails of Joy members make visits in the central and northeastern areas of Connecticut.
We are also have members in Massachusetts.
Sites being visited include:
||School Systems for all students, including
those with special needs
||Private Visitations under the auspices of a providing agency, including hospice
Staff members in the health-care facilities we visit and
family members of residents in these facilities have reported
improvement in the residents' morale and communication after
having us visit.