Animal Assisted Interventions

Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) is an interdisciplinary term to describe
interventions that integrate various species of animals into the care and well-being of human beings. AAI encompasses animal-assisted activities (AAA), animal assisted therapy (AAT), and animal assisted education (AAE).

 

-Animal assisted activities (AAA) are defined as opportunities for emotional, motivational, educational, social, and/or recreational benefits that enhance the quality of life. AAA is provided by a specially trained professional, paraprofessional and/or volunteer in partnership with an animal that meets specific criteria for suitability. It is the most commonly provided form of AAI for the general public.

 

-Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is defined as goal-directed intervention, delivered by an appropriately credentialed health or human service professional OR a volunteer with appropriate experience that partners with a professional, in which an animal is incorporated as an integral part of a clinical healthcare treatment plan that is documented and measured.

 

-Animal assisted education (AAE) is defined as goal-oriented, planned, and measured intervention directed by a general education, special education professional, or a licensed school counselor. The focus is on academic goals, prosocial skills, behavior support, and cognitive functioning with student progress being documented.

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IHABS currently provides AAI to residential care facilities, memory care & support, hospice services, mental health care facilities and counseling centers, public libraries, public schools, grief & bereavement support groups, businesses, learning centers, and college campuses.