Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The therapeutic quality of animals.


There's something very therapeutic about animals.I don't know what it is,maybe it's the fact that they love you unconditionally.They don't care what your I.Q. is or whether you can walk or talk or see or hear.They just love you no matter what.
            Ariel and ShiFu picking and eating blackberries.

There are many places that offer therapeutic horseback riding.Ariel got to ride horses at Give Kids The World when she was on her Make A Wish trip.

For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. The sense of independence found on horseback benefits all who ride. The therapeutic qualities of horseback riding are recognized by many medical professionals, including the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Individuals of all ages, with a wide range of physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities benefit from therapeutic horseback riding and other equine activities. The types of disabilities and conditions served include:
  • Amputee
  • Autism
  • Brain Injuries
  • Cardiovascular Accident/Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chemical Abuse
  • Down Syndrome
  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Post Polio Speech Impairments
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Visual Impairments

Service dogs are also wonderful for those with disabilities.There are service dogs that help with the blind,the autistic,the disabled and those that are bred especially to service those individuals with seizures.Such as the ones that the

Helps to provide people with.They can help during a seizure and some of the dogs can even alert that a seizure is coming.

We had been looking into something to do.Ariel is severely cognitively impaired,so this took some thought.I was looking into volunteer work and Ariel was the one that chimed up and said what about working at the zoo?

I looked into it and totally believe God opened this door for us.The day I called and talked with Stacey she said "come on in for an interview." After a five hour training class we have been working there ever since and it has been such a blessing.Ariel comes alive around animals.
Some of our best times have been working at the zoo.We've done Santa dives with the sharks,making Budgie sticks,Zoo Boo,working at The Harbor Seals and Walrus tanks,Sting Ray Cove toucch tank,guiding vet tours.You name it we've pretty much done it and loved every minute of it.Here are some videos with Ariel telling you about the animals.

When Ariel got so very sick in Feb and spent approximately eight weeks inpatient.She couldn't work at her beloved zoo and so I was trying to think of something to come up with for her,for those times she can't work at the zoo and so that's why we created
                               Ariel's Ark
 she can tell you all about her beloved animals.She may have a lot of disabilities,but she is all heart,especially when it comes to her animals,she would love for you to stop by and say hi,like or share her page and maybe put on a picture of your favorite animal or pet.

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