|A True Story|
A special education teacher who visited this site, emailed me that she has had a lot of luck with chihuahuas and helping children begin talking. One story is of a Downs' Syndrome boy who was speaking only one word utterances. She brought a shy, little dog to visit the classroom partly to help socialize the dog. The child picked up the dog during the third visit and said, "Hi. How are you?" Everyone cried tears of joy. From that day, his language skills have taken off!
Books for Children
A Lucky Pair|
by Frances Strong for ages 4 - 9
This is a heart warming story about the therapeutic value of a horse which a visually impaired child rescues.
See excerpts from this book which is published by Learning Abilities Books.
Rosie: A Visiting Dog's Story|
by Stephanie Calmenson for ages 4-8
The author's own dog, Rosie, was a good listener with a happy disposition. Enjoy delightful pictures and descriptions of Rosie's puppyhood, early training, and later her work with disabled children and despondent nursing-home residents.
Freckles: The Mystery of the Little White Dog in the Desert|
by Paul M. Howey
You and your child will get the most out of this book by reading it together. This touching story provides many opportunities for meaningful discussions of feelings and experiences which children and parents have. It has a glossary of terms used in the book, a list of discussion items, and information about adopting pets and about animal-assisted therapy. Central themes of this true story are abandonment, a strong desire to reaffirm life, and to help others. The abandoned dog's behavior reveals clues about her mysterious past as she does surprising things to help other dogs and children. Her new owners enroll her in a program for becoming a pet therapy dog.
Animals Helping With Special Needs (School & Library Binding)|
by Clare Oliver for ages 4-8
Chapters include: Eyes That See, Horse Sense, Hearing Dogs, The Power to Move, Making Friends, Pets as Therapy, Glossary, Useful Addresses. It shows many ways animals help people. Each page has a small amount of text and an interesting picture which illustrates the information.
Books for Older Readers
Creature Comfort, Animals That Heal|
by Bernie Graham
Chapters include: Doctor Dolphin, My Best Friends - Dogs, Horses that Heal, In the Care of Cats, The Unsung Heroes, The A Team, Future Directions, Some Practical Guidelines, Contact Addresses. The book introduces Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) with stories about dolphins, cats, dogs, donkeys, monkeys, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish, and horses. He shows the value aof AAT for mentally or physically disabled children and older people in private programs and in institutional settings.
Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling|
by Cynthia K Chandler, Ed. D.
The author developed and directs the Center for Animal Assited Therapy at the University of N. Texas. She teaches in the Department of Counseling, Development and Higher Education. Her teaching skills are shown as she explains the history of AAT and its practical implications in several settings. She includes case examples, examines ethical considerations and risk management, discusses research, and includes guidelines for establishing a university-based program for AAT training. She also has sample forms for screening clients and recording data. The book is recommended for use in social work, psychology, and rehabilitation counseling.
|The Healing Power of Pets|
by Dr. Marty Becker, Good Morning America's veterinary correspondent
An excerpt from a customer review at Amazon.com: ... should be required reading at the high school level. Too many people use their pets as commodities. If they read this book, then maybe they'd realize what a treasure animals really are. When Becker talks of his pain and humiliation after a debilitating back injury, he finds solace in his barn. How? As he watches his wife do his chores, fear, shame and embarrassment overwhelm him. But that pain eases as he is nuzzled by his horse. The soothing velvet muzzle and warm breath on his neck radiate through his body. The truth dawns on Becker. There at home, he will be healed. Becker recounts story after story of animals helping humans.
Chicken Soup For The Horse Lover's Soul: Inspirational Stories About Horses and the People Who Love Them|
by Jack Canfield, et al.
From the Inside Flap - You Know You're a Horse Lover When . . . You accessorize your hairstyle with pieces of hay. You think a great vacation is spending a long weekend in front of a horse trailer by a dusty arena. You take your children's temperature and think 102°F is normal. You spend more money on horseshoes than on your own shoes. You always keep carrots, apples, and sugar cubes in your refrigerator.
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul: Stories of Canine Companionship, Comedy and Courage |
by Jack Canfield, et al.
A lab's medical needs help a family learn the true meaning of Christmas. A fearce doberman gently mothers a duckling. A dog changes the life of a homeless man. Read many heartwarming, uplifting stories of healing and learning we receive from "man's best friend."
Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul|
by Jack Canfield, et al.
(Excerpt from the book's description at Amazon.) "A Russian blue comforts his mourning owner by faithfully bringing her flowers. An heroic red tabby Manx saves the family he loves from a lethal gas leak in their home. A three-legged kitty befriends a lonely third-grade girl transforming her world and inspiring her future success in life. From playful and hilarious accounts of life with cats to heartwarming tales of cat courage, healing and learning, each touching story in Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul celebrates the special bond we share with our cats."
Links about Pet Therapy
Tanglewood's Special Bears, Mrs. Carter's Class Tanglewood's Special Bears is a group of unique learners which integrate a multisensory and language based approach to learning. We believe that each and every student can learn with the true commitment from the educators, parents, and our community. The students attend Tanglewood Elementary School in Lumberton, North Carolina. Links include horseback riding and personal ponies, Safety Rules, net buddies, student fun, and more.
Breezy Bits about Horses: Horse Sense and Puzzles Tips about horse safety and horse sense.
Personal Ponies A unique non-profit organization dedicated to providing children with special needs a tiny Shetland Pony to love and care for -- completely without charge. The ponies make magic in children's lives!
Canine Companions For Independence Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a nonprofit organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities and to professional caregivers. The Puppy Program of Canine Companions for Independence is seeking volunteers interested in becoming puppy raisers or foster sitters.
Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind The Guide Dog Foundation strives to be the leading resource and provider of premier services to facilitate the independence of people who are blind or visually impaired.
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