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next arrow provides Occupational Therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) to Special Education students and their families in Northern Illinois. of our students are non-verbal and most are in self-contained classes with IEP's (Individualized Educational Plans). All therapy services are provided at no cost to the students.

AAT is a unique treatment modality that allows students to give affection as well as receive it as part of their therapy.

  • •  decreased anxiety
    •  improved social skills
    •  decreased agitation & aggression
    •  improved motor skills

  • •  decreased tactile sensitivity
    •  improved trust after traumatic events (e.g. PTSD)
    •  decreased blood pressure and cholesterol
    •  improved attention