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Pet therapy for children

Pet Therapy at Alexander Youth Network

Through guided interaction with animals, children build empathy and compassion

Pet therapy is an activity that children may be prescribed as part of their Person-Centered Plan.

Through this therapeutic activity, children are guided to interact with the animal. Pet therapy may include brushing, petting, and playing to instill positive relationship behaviors.

Pet therapy complements our Bark and Heal program, which allows children to learn new skills through canine training.

Children who participate in animal therapy programs learn trust, empathy, and compassion. Spending time with animals provides relief and comfort to children with mental and behavioral health challenges.

Through guided interactions, children are able to form and focus on positive relationships with both animal and handler.

To learn about our therapeutic programs or to make a referral, please contact a member of our Access Team.

Phone: 855.362.8470 | Email: intake@alexanderyouthnetwork.org

To support the Programs and Services at Alexander, please contact Lynn Crutchfield.

Phone: 704.227.9171 | Email: lcrutchfield@alexanderyouthnetwork.org