Numerous studies have proved the benefits of animal-assisted interventions for school aged children, particularly children on the autistic spectrum, attention deficit, speech and learning difficulty, psychiatric problems, developmental retardation. Animal assisted program is an alternative path for these kinds of students. We believe it is one of the most effective teaching strategies for our students. The schools involved in this project have students with learning disabilities, autistic, special needs, low comprehension capacity, concentration disorder, and psychological illness.
With this project we aim:
1. To build social bridges and educate students with innovative and effective methods, to develop common animal assisted programs for disabled students.
2. To share best practices about animal assisted programs with each other and make comparisons between programs in order to gain more knowledge while discussing the effects on disabled children.
3. To develop curriculum-based animal assisted lesson plans to advance math, literacy skills and other basic skills.
4. To observe the work of animal-assisted therapy centers in partner countries, exploring the various types of animal-assisted therapies and get information from social workers.