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“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” (Josh Billings)

Types of Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI)

Animal Assisted Interventions have two broad categories: goal-directed or less directed and more unprompted. Animal Assisted Education (AAE) and Animal Assisted Therapy(AAT) fall into the goal-directed category, while Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) fall under the latter category. An Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) may be provided in a variety of settings, may be group or individual in nature and may be implemented for persons of any age. Having children read to dogs is an example of an AAI.

An Animal Assisted Education intervention is formally goal-directed and designed to promote improvement in cognitive functioning of the person(s) involved and in which a specially trained animal-handler team is an integral part of the educational process. AAE is directed and/or delivered by an educational professional with specialized expertise and within the scope of practice of his/her profession. AAE may be provided in a variety of settings, may be group or individual in nature and may be implemented for persons of any age. There are specific goals for each individual involved and the process is documented and evaluated. A service dog assisting in a special education classroom is an example of AAE.

An Animal Assisted Therapy intervention is formally goal-directed and designed to promote improvement in physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning of the person(s) involved and in which a specially trained animal-handler team is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise and within the scope of practice of his/her profession. AAT may be provided in a variety of settings, may be group or individual in nature and may be implemented for persons of any age. There are specific goals for each individual involved and the process is documented and evaluated. A service dog assisting during occupational or physical therapy is an example of AAT.

An Animal Assisted Activities intervention is less goal-directed as specific objectives may not be planned. AAA is provided in a variety of settings, may be group or individual in nature and may be implemented for persons of any age. The AAA practitioners and/or animal handlers all are specially trained by an organization and meet the minimum standards set forth by AAI. Teams who provide AAA may also participate in AAT or AAE when the team is working directly with a healthcare, social service provider or with an educational practitioner.

If you are interested in having us conduct an AAI session for your group, please fill out and submit the form below. A team member will contact you about your request.

We greatly appreciate any donations for AAI session as it helps cover our expenses. Donations are not required, but encouraged. All donations are tax-deductible.