ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY
Groups offered in partnership with our occupational therapists:
Raccoon Group, for agile fingers development and of fine motor control
Elephant Group, for better coordination and development of gross motor control
Penguin Group, to break the ice and development of social skills
Rhinoceros Group, for strong emotional control and development of self-regulation
Groups are 4-6 weeks in length with a maximum of 6 children per group
How can animal assisted therapy benefit my child?
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is an intervention strategy based on the triangular relationship between the client, the specially selected animal partner, and the certified AAT professional. This approach involves methods by which clients interact with animals, communicate via animals, or are active for animals.
According to the Corporation de Zoothérapeute de Québec (CZQ) the objective on an AAT intervention is to improve the psychological, physical, emotional, cognitive or social well being of each client according to his or her individual needs.
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal directed intervention in which an animal meeting specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional or cognitive function.
Animal Assisted Education (AAE) is a planned and structured intervention directed and /or delivered by an educational and related service professional with specific academic or educational goals.
Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) provides opportunities for motivation, education or recreation to enhance quality of life.
Animal Assisted Therapy, like many other types of interventions, is best integrated as part of an interdisciplinary approach to development, something we strongly beleive in here at Enfants en Équi-Libre.
MEET OUR TEAM
OF FURRY FRIENDS
Captain is a 6 year old Labrador Retriever who acts more like he's 6 months old. Although he's well into middle age you would never know it based on his puppy like behaviour. He adores treats, playing fetch, and making new friends.
Charlie is a 2 year old Dachshund and Chihuahua mix. He can be shy when he first meets new friends but once he warms up to you it's hard to get him off your lap.
Oscar is a 5 year old Dachshund who loves to run and chase squirrels. He prefers playing with older kids and helping them develop a better understanding of personal boundaries and social skills.
Zafter is our senior Greyhound. He spent the first year of his life on the race track and now enjoys the slow moving life of treats, being brushed and naps on a comfortable bed. His patience with kids is never ending.
All of our therapy dogs have been specially selected to work with the kids who participate in our numerous programs. Each of them has different characteristics which makes our team diverse and unique.
Click on their photo to learn more about each of our caring, passionate and hard working four legged partners.
At Enfants en Équi-Libre we are always looking for more paws to join our growing team. Do you know a dog that might enjoy working with kids a couple of hours a week?