Meet Animals Who Help Special Needs Children In Ways That We, Humans, Struggle To!
The goats are playing the piano! You may think it’s a joke but it happens in our house. I blame the cat, our fantastical cat called Thula who helped my daughter with autism in ways that we, humans, struggled to and their bond has inspired a movement of special needs parents to see how these animals can heal and teach our children. So we live in harmony with these animals and in turn, they help us with our little charity.
I created an autism-friendly club, The Little Explorers Activity Club, that offers Animal Assisted Therapy. A safe and understanding environment to have fun and socialize with other families alongside therapy that is very successful with anxiety, autism, ADD, ADHD, depression and many other conditions. It has been seen to lower blood pressure, help concentration, calm anxiety and build confidence. Interacting with animals increases attention spans and has a positive calming effect helping with social interaction.