ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY

a specialized brand of psychotherapy that includes the use of animals to enhance an individual's social, cognitive, or emotional functioning. Individuals that may particularly benefit include older individuals or people who are suffering from a lack of appropriate social skills or social interactions. See also pet-assisted therapy- pet therapy.

ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY: "Animal-assisted therapy refers to the use of animals to enhance the functioning and daily lives of therapy patients."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/animal-assisted-therapy/ (accessed October 16, 2019).
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