Occupational Therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. (WFOT 2012)

What is Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)?

As defined by the Delta Society (2004), Animal Assisted Therapy is a “goal-directed intervention in which an animal meeting specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is delivered and/or directed by a health/human service provider working within the scope of his/her profession. AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning” (Brooke & Myers, 2015, p.287)

At Brave Health Group we offer both Canine and Equine Therapy. Our Occupational Therapist has a dedicated therapy dog, Cooper who will be present at all your sessions at our Doncaster East clinic unless you specifically request for our therapy dog to not be present.

You can find Cooper (Therapy Dog) on Instagram @cooper_thetherapydog. Equine Therapy is conducted at a nearby equine facility and this can be arranged by prior arrangement with our team.

What services do you provide?

Our Occupational Therapists provide both in clinic and home-based services for NDIS participants. We accept both self and plan managed clientele.

All Occupational Therapy sessions at Brave Health Group incorporate Animal Assisted Therapy. We have our wonderful therapy dog, Cooper who will be present within your Occupational Therapy sessions. We also offer Equine Therapy at a separate location.

Our Occupational Therapists work with a large range of clientele including children, adolescents and adults. We can help you with:
• Functional Assessments
• Daily Living Skills
• Personal care i.e., dressing, eating, showering and toileting
• Domestic Skills i.e., cooking,
• Social Skills
• Sensory Processing
• Assistive Technology Assessments
• Play and Leisure
• Work and Volunteering
• Emotional Regulation
• Community Engagement
• Home Visits

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