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The Use of Dogs in Speech Therapy

by VocoVision on March 10, 2020

Two Therapy DogsIf you’ve ever owned a dog, you understand that dogs can be wonderful companions. They are loyal, fun, patient, and easy to talk to. Dogs are known to be more than man’s best friend; they’re also children’s best friend. More speech-language therapists are discovering that dogs not only make good companions – they make excellent speech therapy assistants.

For children, overcoming a speech-language disorder is stressful and not much fun. Most speech therapy is done in either a classroom setting working face-to-face with a therapist or through teletherapy. For those who have more traditional classroom therapy sessions, the inclusion of therapy dogs helps children achieve their therapy goals. [continue reading…]

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Speech Therapy Has Gone to the Dogs

by VocoVision on October 12, 2018

therapy dogs speechIf you’ve ever owned a dog, you understand that dogs can be wonderful companions. They are loyal, fun, patient, and easy to talk to. Dogs are known to be more than man’s best friend; they’re also children’s best friend. More speech-language therapists are discovering that dogs not only make good companions – they make excellent speech therapy assistants. [continue reading…]

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hippotherapyHorses are quite the therapeutic animal, and can do a great deal in helping patients in various types of therapy, creating their own – known as “saddle therapy,” or hippotherapy.

In this approach, horseback riding becomes a rehabilitative treatment, and goes beyond speech therapy, too. It can help children with a range of disabilities from autism to cerebral palsy and speech disorders. It works because the techniques used are similar or the same as the ones used at the clinic, but the horse becomes the modality to help the rider accomplish their goals. [continue reading…]

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How Animals Can Help Improve Speech

by VocoVision on September 9, 2016

therapy animalsHaving something soft, warm, and loving to interact with has long been viewed as medically beneficial. There are many ways animals can be used to help children improve their speech capabilities within therapy sessions and at home. [continue reading…]

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