Animal-Assisted Treatment

Emotional therapy with the help of animals is a therapeutic rehabilitation field aimed at achieving emotional, functional and inter-personal goals through the patient's relationship with the animal in the therapeutic framework. Emotional treatment with the help of animals is carried out in most cases as a built-in intervention that includes treatment, work and contact with different animals
 Communication: Contacting an animal requires both proper access to the animal and attention to the instructions and instructions of the caregiver. Accordingly, the patient should communicate effectively and adapted with both the child and the animal.
With limits: Emotional treatment with the help of animals requires the child to face boundaries: in some cases it will be "limits" placed by the animal and in other cases the boundaries placed by the caregiver in order to keep the patient and the animal safe. Coping with the boundaries placed in emotional therapy with the help of animals can be challenging, teaching and promoting for children.
Empathy: Empathy for another is considered one of the most critical abilities for the ability to create and maintain meaningful inter-personal relationships. Emotional therapy with the help of animals is a treatment based on establishing a meaningful emotional connection with the animal, and the therapist can use the resulting relationship to strengthen the child's ability to feel empathy, concern and caring for the other. Experience in connection: The experience of connecting to an environment is often a very unique experience for children whose attachments to others tend to be limited and superficial. Attachment to the living is often experienced as less threatening than connecting with another person, thus constitutes a stage or "practice" of the ability to connect deeply to another.

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