Sunday, February 24, 2013
TIP of the WEEK: Animal Therapy
Pam Nolan and I started Latham Centers donkey certification program this week. This means that in the next few months we will introduce donkey therapy to the kids in our children's program.
Donkey therapy has been used in our adult program for several years and has proven to be a wonderful resource for the adults that are involved. Animal therapy is a great and effective way to teach empathy, responsibility and appropriate boundaries. Before the donkeys will allow anyone to work near them they need to feel safe so the children and adults must first earn their trust. Earning their trust means being gentle, being reliable and letting the donkeys know that they are there to help them. I am very excited to introduce the kids to these sweet animals and I know that everyone will benefit from this new relationship.
Manager of PWS Services