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Animal Assisted Learning

Benefits Of Animal Assisted Learning


It’s well-known (and scientifically proven) that interaction with a gentle, friendly pet/animal has significant benefits.


 Physical Health:

  • lowers blood pressure
  • improves cardiovascular health
  • releases endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect
  • diminishes overall physical pain
  • the act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response


 Mental Health:

  • lifts spirits and lessens depression
  • decreases feelings of isolation and alienation
  • encourages communication
  • provides comfort
  • increases socialization
  • reduces boredom
  • lowers anxiety
  • helps children overcome speech and emotional disorders
  • reduces loneliness



  • helps children focus better


  • improves literacy skills
  • provides non-stressful, non-judgmental environment
  • increases self-confidence, reduces self-consciousness


 In Physical Therapy

  • increases joint movement
  • maintains or increases motor skills
  • provides motivation to move more, stretch farther, exercise longer

    As an integral part of our pupils' provision, we have regular visits from a mobile farm. Below are photographs of some of our sessions that clearly show how much joy and enthusiasm that the children have on every occasion. 

    If you would like to find out more about how these experiences benefit pupils with special needs then please follow the link, also please take some time to look at "Dave and Ewe", who provide an excellent service to pre-schools, schools, parties and nursing homes.

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