Pediatric Animal Facilitated Therapy

Pediatric Patient with Therapy DogsAnimal Facilitated Therapy (AFT) has been an exciting part of Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital since 1985.   Our therapy dogs are trained to an advanced level of obedience and retrieving. They use their specialized skills along with a trainer and therapist to help patients achieve various rehabilitation goals.

Our young patients are particularly fond of our four-legged team members. Working with the specially trained rehabilitation dogs can really motivate them during their therapy and make therapy fun.

Our rehabilitation dogs are trained to an advanced level of obedience and retrieving. They use their specialized skills along with a trainer and therapist to help patients achieve various rehabilitation goals. Some examples are: maintaining balance by walking with a dog (PT); increasing arm function by grooming or patting a dog (OT); improving communication by giving a dog commands (ST), and developing leisure activities by playing with a dog (TR).

Our therapy dogs are trained to an advanced level of obedience and retrieving. They use their specialized skills along with a trainer and therapist to help patients achieve various rehabilitation goals.