Animal Assisted Instruction

It's more than "petting the dog"

What is Animal Assisted Instruction (AAI)? …not “just petting the dog." AAI focuses on using a dog (and sometimes other animals) to work with individuals to help them achieve their physical, social, emotional and other goals. 

Through Animal Assisted Instruction, students address specific educational goals along with physical and occupational therapy goals. The benefits to the students include:

  • Developing/honing fine motor skills
  • Developing/honing gross motor skills
  • Visual tracking
  • Following directions
  • Sequencing
  • Social engagement/play
  • Developing Empathy
  • Spatial Planning

This program is completely funded by donations. Your support would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate to support the program, please visit our fundraising site by clicking here - all contributions are completely tax deductible.