Benefits of Pet Therapy for People with Disabilities
If you have a pet at home, then you’ll already know how much joy and comfort a furry friend can offer, and how easy it is for pets to become a much-loved member of the family. While most people know that pets are great for relieving stress and providing companionship, there are other benefits that animals can provide to those living with visible and invisible disabilities.
Many people living with autism or other sensory processing disorders can frequently depend on non-verbal cues to communicate, which allows them to interact very well with animals. These skills can sometimes improve the person’s interactions with their peers and the world around them.
For Physical Health
For Mental Health
lowers blood pressure
improves coordination and balance
releases endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect
improves motor skills and joint movement
increases verbal communication
increases willingness to join in activities
improves willingness to exercise
develops social skills
improves interactions with others
increases socialisation and sense of community
decreases anxiety and boredom
decreases loneliness and isolation through companionship
helps participants learn empathic and nurturing skills
teaches empathy and appropriate interpersonal skills
One of our Coordinators, Victoria, has been bringing in her little puppy to meet our Xlent Participants. While Sam is not a therapy or assistance dog, the participants have loved getting to know Sam and look forward to his visits (and cuddles)!