The new treatment practice, Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI), is a well-established practice in many parts of the world, but is quite new in the UK.
A series of tasks such as throwing a ball, tugging a toy, and grooming are included in carefully planned sessions designed to help support rehabilitation.
The project will explore the following potential benefits:
- the motivational factor of the dog in engaging patients in their occupational therapy programme
- the role of the dog in engaging patients in effective occupational therapy sessions (for example does the dog promote an improved level of effort or duration?)
- the effectiveness of AAI techniques in the achievement of occupational therapy
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