A Dog For Your Child With Special Needs

Having a Family Dog

Many parents feel that it would be wonderful for their child with special needs to have a loving relationship with a dog, but they are hesitant to bring a dog into the home because they do not know how to establish a good relationship between their child and the dog. Barbara Wolf-Dorlester, the Director of Puppies For Emotive Therapy, is a consultant to families with special needs children who either have a dog, or are thinking about getting a dog. Setting respectful boundaries, establishing safe play strategies, encouraging dog friendly cuddling are examples of the mission of P.E.T. to make the home a safe and joyful place for dog and child.

Visiting With a Dog

Puppies For Emotive Therapy's mission is to use a dog in the therapeutic process in order to help children, adolescents, and adults grow cognitively, emotionally, and socially. The goal of P.E.T. is to use a certified therapy dog to engage and motivate a person in ways that cannot be done without the presence of the dog.

P.E.T. is appropriate for children, adolescents, and adults with diagnoses that include primary social-emotional disorders, speech and language delays, reading problems, sensory integration dysfunctions, or attention and impulse control issues.

P.E.T. sessions can take place in the psychologist's office, a school, or in the offices of therapists of various disciplines. The length of sessions and goals are determined by the individual needs of each client.

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Barbara Wolf-Dorlester, Ph.D.
Cell: 917-881-1471
Email: bwdphd@gmail.com