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.
Who can benefit from Dog-Assisted Therapy?
Children of all ages with a range of disabilities such as:
- 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
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.
Find out more on the Kites Therapy website.