Dogs help special needs kids in Hong Kong

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.

 

Continue reading at Animal Asia.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s