Therapy Dog

Therapy Dogs

Stephanie Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy

Many of you may have seen Helping Idaho Dogs Incorporated in the clinic. The Therapy Dogs and teams join a few of our kiddos for their therapy session.

 

Information on Helping Idaho Dogs Incorporated  

Blaze & Nancy – Therapy Dog Team – Allyson SLP

Their mission is “dedicated to enriching the quality of life for canines by providing educational opportunities to Idaho communities”. They currently have twelve therapy dogs teams and each team is certified with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. We have several teams that join us at Kaleidoscope Pediatric Therapy, including to the right Nancy and Blaze.

Helping Idaho Dogs Incorporated visits schools, hospitals and even Library’s where children can read to the dogs. Therapy dog teams lift the spirits of those with whom they interact: disabled children, students, staff, people at crisis centers and many more.

Therapy Dog

Blaze – Therapy Dog

Benefits of Therapy Dogs

  • Reduced stress & anxiety
  • Reduce heart rate and blood pressure
  • Refocus attention outside of the patient
  • Increase motivation
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Increase empathy
  • Increase communication
  • Promotes social interactions
  • Elevate mood
  • Helps cope with change

For more information on having a Therapy Dog in your kiddos session please message us below.

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