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Animal Assisted Therapy


Animal Assisted Therapy

Lois Jean Brady, MA, CCC-SLP, CAS

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Speech-Language Pathology CEUs | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

 In Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) the human-animal bond is utilized to help meet therapeutic goals and reach individuals who are otherwise difficult to engage in verbal therapies. AAT is considered an emerging therapy at this time, and more research is needed to determine the effects and confirm the benefits. Nevertheless, there is a growing body of research and case studies that illustrate the considerable therapeutic potential of using animals in therapy. AAT has been associated with improving outcomes in four areas: autism-spectrum symptoms, medical difficulties, behavioral problems, and emotional well-being. This course is designed to provide therapists, educators, and caregivers with the information and techniques needed to begin using the human-animal bond successfully to meet individual therapeutic goals.

Course #20-62 | 2012 | 30 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the key features of AAT
2. Name three examples of how to build communication skills using AAT
3. Identify special considerations for working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders
4. List uses for AAT in occupational therapy and mental health practice
5. Identify situations in which AAT may not be appropriate
6. List five ways to minimize risk in the practice of AAT

ASHA-approved provider of online CEUs

This course is offered for .2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area). 

ASHA credit expires 3/13/2018. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the quarterly completion report from the ASHA Approved CE Provider. Please note that the date that appears on ASHA transcripts is the last day of the quarter in which the course was completed. AAUM #5092


Disclosure: No commercial support was received for this CE activity. Ms. Brady has no financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

About the Author(s)

Lois Jean Brady, MA, CCC-SLP, CAS, is passionate about working with the special needs community. She found her calling while in high school, when she spent her summer breaks volunteering in camp programs for children with special needs. Lois has over two decades of experience working as a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in autism spectrum disorder and is a Certified Autism Specialist. Educational accomplishments include a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Certificate in Assistive Technology, Certificate in Computer Based Intervention and completion of an Animal Assisted Therapy Program.


: No relevant financial relationship exists.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

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