Pet Therapy: when the animals we really help
There Pet Therapy has roots far: at the end of the eighteenth century in England had begun to stimulate the contact with different animals by psychiatric patients, encouraging them to take care in considering that, taking an interest in the weaker creatures of them, these people could achieve a degree self-control. In Italy Pet Therapy has obtained the proper recognition only in 2009 and was so in many departments hospitals, nursing homes and rest homes for the elderly and community.
This type of therapy is based on assistance of pets as dogs, cats, rabbits, but also turtles and parrots and is useful for the cure of both psychological disabilities, for example the 'autism or learning disabilities (anxiety, hyperactivity), both physical (deficit of sight, hearing or movement).
The effects on patients are truly amazing as the animals stimulate the game, calm down the mood, improve the degree of experienced empathy, help in the socialization process and, not least, fill with happiness the endless hours that young patients spend in the hospital.
The animals involved in pet therapy must have precise physical and personal qualities, they must be tame and accustomed to being with groups of people without reacting negatively to the stress of too many stimuli.
Obviously people who deal with this interesting activity must be professionals such as educators, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, etc ... that must have made the specific courses and we are constantly updated on the developments of this therapy. On the net you can find lots of accredited courses (basic or specialized) that enable financial year and which are held in various Italian cities like Turin, Genoa, Milan, Padua, Bologna, Rome or Catania.
Dr. Sara Ronchi