How can Animal Assisted Therapy help?

AAT aims to promote mental, physical and social well-being. Many people can benefit from this intervention and it is currently being used in a variety of settings including hospitals, special schools and colleges, prisons, residential care and in counselling practices.

Studies suggest that it is particularly effective for vulnerable children and young people as well as adults with mental health difficulties, learning difficulties and emotional and behavioural problems.

Research indicates benefits such as focus of interest and positive attention, as well as pleasure when handling animals. Time spent stroking and talking to animals can result in lowering blood pressure, relieving pain, reducing anxiety levels and enhanced mood.


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Boy with chicken

I was really nervous but I knew the animals would keep me calm and they did

— Animal Connections client

West Sussex County Council approved Qualified Service Provider