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Animals Speak!  Issue 13: Pandemic Tips for Kids and How to Keep Busy

Animals Speak! Issue 13: Pandemic Tips for Kids and How to Keep Busy

The coronavirus pandemic has caused lots of changes for everyone, including kids and even dogs! In this issue of Animals Speak!, Josie Patches has a short message of what she has been up to and then introduces our special guest for this issue!
Animals Speak! is a project of the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy® to provide encouragement and help to kids during the pandemic in a light-hearted manner.

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Animals and Face Masks : Creating Safety, Fun, and Familiarity

Animals and Face Masks : Creating Safety, Fun, and Familiarity

As we reopen our businesses, dog trainers, behaviorists, and human therapists are likely to be wearing masks and engaging in social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. How do animals respond to mask-wearing humans? How can we make our use of masks comfortable for them? This post focuses on ways to ensure that masks do not become impediments to the work we do that involves animals.

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Resuming In-Person Animal Assisted Play Therapy® During the Pandemic

Resuming In-Person Animal Assisted Play Therapy® During the Pandemic

As people involved in Animal Assisted Play Therapy® and Animal Assisted Interventions plan to reopen their clinics or practices for in-person sessions, many risk factors must be considered. Risk management plans must be updated to take the pandemic into account. This article provides some excellent resources and some factors to think about when planning for a safe resumption of in-person sessions.

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Animals Speak! Issue #11: Hong Kong Therapy Dogs Sing For You!

Animals Speak! Issue #11: Hong Kong Therapy Dogs Sing For You!

Animals Speak! is a a project of the International Institute of Animal Assisted Play Therapy® featuring therapists and their animals from all over the world who have been trained in AAPT. The purpose is to provide child-friendly information about topics related to the pandemic, along with some fun or interesting ideas to help kids of all ages cope with what is going on. In Issue 11, we will hear from some singing dogs from Hong Kong!

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Animals Speak! Issue 9

Animals Speak! Issue 9

This issue of Animals Speak! features a special book reading by Alba the dog. The book is all about staying home during the pandemic. Animals Speak! is a project of the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy® created for children to help them during the pandemic.

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Assessment of Therapy Animals: Using a Goodness-of-Fit Conceptualization

Assessment of Therapy Animals: Using a Goodness-of-Fit Conceptualization

Determining if an animal is suitable for therapy work is an important consideration. Different roles for animals require different personalities and skills. It is also important to ensure that the animals are not stressed and actually enjoy their work, not merely tolerate it. This article discusses a goodness-of-fit conceptualization drawn from child development research as it is applied in finding roles that are compatible with animals’ personalities, interests, abilities, and motivations. The model used in the certification program of the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ is outlined.

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