Research has established that pets are able to create a connection with people. In a now famous case from the 1960s, American psychiatrist Boris Levinson established a connection with a particularly withdrawn boy by bringing his dog to the sessions. So successful was this approach, that this form of Animal Assisted Therapy was subsequently used by Levinson to establish a “bridging” relationship with most of his young patients. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) are now used in a wide range of therapeutic and institutional settings.





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