Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

Our private sessions are available to book during the week and on Sunday morning.  We offer a therapeutic environment where you can interact with your children and the animals.  Arabella will be there to assist you with the rabbits, goat, cat and pony.  It’s time to play, to read, relax, chat, self-regulate in nature and enjoy the facilities we have on offer.  There is a huge trampoline, wooden platforms/treehouse around the apple trees, a beautiful garden to explore and plenty of toys.  Please discuss with Arabella your needs, your child’s passions and interests as we can tailor these sessions to fit your family.

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The sessions are 1 hr @ £35.00

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To book email Arabella at thelittleexplorersactivityclub@yahoo.com

Animal Therapy is very successful with anxiety, Autism, ADD, ADHD, depression and many other conditions.  It has been seen to lower blood pressure, help concentration, calm anxiety and builds confidence.

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Rebecca Johnson, a nurse who heads the Research Center for Human/Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, studies have been focusing on the fact that interacting with animals can increase people’s level of the hormone oxytocin. “That is very beneficial for us,” says Johnson. “Oxytocin helps us feel happy and trusting.”

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Interacting with animals increases attention spans and has a positive calming effect helping with social interaction.

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Animals also offer a powerful multi-sensory stimulus, they provide spontaneous behavioural responses which are simple and easy for children to interpret.  With the release of endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect for children and young people that struggle with emotional dysregulation helping the children and young people we work with to restructure their emotional response, thus access whole brain learning. This is done through physical and emotional experiences with the animals, engaging the sensitive limbic region of the brains mammalian centre and the automatic nervous system.

This all provides non-stressful, non-judgmental environment and increases self-confidence.

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