*Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT)
~AAT is a goal-directed intervention delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession.
Ther-a-dog Services provides 'Distraction Therapy' for children of all ages and is primarily for those living with a chronic illness. Gus can bring a smile to any child's face, uplift their spirits and normalize the setting for those who are away from home. The distraction Gus provides can be uplifting to every member of the family!*
*(This service is provided for a nominal fee. Please contact us )
Ther-a-dog Services and Rates
Your initial consultation is FREE!
Family members and your child living with special needs are welcome to attend.
The consultation can take place in your home or mine.
The average length of the consultation is approximately one hour.
We will review such topics as:
your child's present level of functioning at home and in school**
any problematic behaviors while at home, in the community or at school.
Any specific concerns or goals you may have.
**Feel free to bring your child's current Individual Education Plan (IEP) or any other documentation you want reviewed.**
'Fundamental Building Blocks' Plan
This plan of action focuses on learning readiness skills such as; eye contact, following one-step directions, and primary color recognition etc. You and I will customize this plan to use your child's strengths.
"I believe a child-initiated, adult-directed approach
that capitalizes on the child's interests and motivations
works more efficiently and builds trust."
1. Development of goals
and the identification of a variety of mediums.
Goal(s) and objective(s) will be formulated using your input.
We will examine learning readiness skills, play and cognitive skills, communication and speech development, self-care and any sensory issues. This is where we determine what other mediums I will use along with GUS(ie: photos, PEC symbols, sign language, verbal instruction, balls, water toys etc).
(60-90 minute session)