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Animal have been known to have a therapeutic effect on people for centuries. In recent years, the field of Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) has grown significantly, with many different types of therapy animals being used to help individuals cope with various mental health conditions. One specific type of AAI that is gaining popularity is Animal-Assisted Child Play Therapy.

Child Play Therapy is a form of therapy that supports children’s psychosocial, emotional and mental health and well-being through the therapeutic powers of play. This type of therapy is particularly beneficial for children who have experienced trauma, have disabilities, or are dealing with other mental health disorders.

Animal, especially dogs, have a unique ability to connect with children in a way that humans sometimes cannot. They are non-judgmental, loving, and always willing to play. This is why therapy dogs are such a valuable addition to Child Play Therapy.

Our Child Play Therapy program is supported by our trained therapy dogs, Lizzy and Archie. These dogs have been approved by Therapy Dogs Australia, which means they have undergone extensive training and testing to ensure they are suitable for therapy work.

When a child is referred to our Child Play Therapy program, an assessment of the child’s response to the dog is made. This assessment helps us determine whether Lizzy or Archie would be the best therapy dog to work with that specific child.

Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) have significant benefits for many clients with disabilities, trauma backgrounds, and other mental health disorders. Studies have shown that children who participate in AAI have lower levels of anxiety, depression, and stress, and they are also more likely to engage in therapeutic activities.

In addition to the benefits that animals can provide to children, Child Play Therapy also helps children develop important social and emotional skills. Children learn how to communicate effectively, build trust, and form healthy relationships. They also learn how to express their emotions in a healthy way and develop coping strategies to manage stress and anxiety.

In conclusion, Animal-Assisted Child Play Therapy is an effective and innovative way to support children’s mental health and well-being. With the help of our trained therapy dogs, Lizzy and Archie, we are able to provide children with the support they need to overcome their challenges and reach their full potential.