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What is Dog-Assisted Therapy?

Dog-Assisted Therapy is exactly that! Therapy that uses the assistance of a trained dog to achieve specific therapy goals. Kites Children’s Therapy offers Dog-Assisted Therapy service, with highly trained Labradors to deliver creative ways for children to achieve their therapy goals.

Image of two children reading a book with therapy dog Bazza

Who can benefit from Dog-Assisted Therapy?

Children of all ages with a range of disabilities such as:

  • autism
  • global developmental delay
  • intellectual or learning disability
  • sensory impairment
  • physical disability.

How does it work?

Our therapist will work with you to identify suitable goals for Dog-Assisted Therapy. A session usually lasts one hour and involves the child, therapist, dog and parents/caregivers.

Dogs are not just pets during our sessions. My child, who has complex disabilities, made a unique connection with Bazza that he may not have made with a human. Even if only brief, it was inspiring to see this interaction between him and Bazza was possible.
– Lindsey and Oscar

Image of Bazza the therapy dog

Meet Bazza

Hi, my name’s Bazza. I’ve trained hard to become a therapy dog, and had lots of fun along the way. The best thing about my job is spending time with children. I love to see them smiling and having fun during their therapy sessions.

I enjoy playing games and especially like it when children give me cuddles or groom me – I’ve even fallen asleep a few times during a grooming session, but don’t tell anyone! When I’m not hard at work I love to spend time playing with my toys and snoozing. On a hot summer day, you’ll find me relaxing in my paddling pool.

How can I access Dog-Assisted Therapy?

Kites Therapy offers this service to clients through limited state-funded government therapy places. You can also access this service through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or pay a fee for the service. We are proud to offer this innovative service to children through our centre in Victoria Park.

To apply, complete an online referral form or contact Kites today.

Find out more on the Kites Therapy website.