Therapy Animal Certification I enjoyed reading the article about using a dog in treatment (” An SLP and Her Dog Make High School Fun Again,” April 3). However, I feel I must comment on the absolute need for people to become registered through the Delta Society or other certification program for therapy animals. ... Inbox
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Therapy Animal Certification
The ASHA Leader, June 2012, Vol. 17, 38. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.17072012.38
The ASHA Leader, June 2012, Vol. 17, 38. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.17072012.38
I enjoyed reading the article about using a dog in treatment (” An SLP and Her Dog Make High School Fun Again,” April 3). However, I feel I must comment on the absolute need for people to become registered through the Delta Society or other certification program for therapy animals.
I feel strongly that the article in the Leader did not do a good job of emphasizing that there is another step after the training of an animal.
Some of us, including Ms. Ohlenkamp [the subject of the article], have spent numerous hours training our animals to pass the rigorous testing requirements. If people begin to bring in their “nice dog” from home because they think it will be fine with children or adults—and this animal bites someone—there is a potential for the rest of us to be punished and not be able to bring an animal to use in therapy.
Yes, this extreme situation can happen because of one unfortunate incident.
Animals are a great way to reduce stuttering incidents, increase comfort in therapy, elicit language, practice instructions/caregiving, and numerous other things. However, I write this as a caution: Please go through the process to keep people and your animal safe. See the website for further information on the Delta Society/Pet Partners. Please share this information with your readers.
Manda Palmertree Daniel, Wyoming
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