Understanding the AAT Rx: Applications of AAI in Clinical Practice



As many chapters in this book will attest, the unique bond between humans and animals has been documented for hundreds of years. Over the decades, we have watched our relationships with domestic animals flourish and our appreciation of their significance in our lives increase. More than ever, we are realizing the sentience within animals and their contributions to our lives in general. Although, many believe that an animal-assisted intervention (AAI) is a new phenomenon, the history of animals used therapeutically dates back to the ninth century. Reports indicate taking care of an animal as part of rehabilitation was utilized in Belgium to help persons with disabilities (Fine, 2008a).


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  1. 1.College of Education and Integrative Studies, CA State Polytechnic UniversityPomonaUSA

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