Volunteers and their therapy dogs from Animals Asia’s long running Dr Dog programme spent six weeks working with developmentally disabled children in Hong Kong.
From May 2 to June 13, kids at the Heep Hong Society Fu Cheong Centre were visited every Friday by six therapy dogs as part of a programme designed to help them overcome their fear of animals and develop their social skills.
A total of 34 children with developmental disabilities such as autism and down syndrome attended the sessions where they learnt how to interact with the dogs with confidence and pleasure by walking and playing appropriately with them.
Animal-Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT) is a fairly new area of research but one which has already produced positive results with developmentally challenged children.
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