A Unique Way Of Helping Kids With Behavior Problems
But as time goes by, more and more findings are being linked to the human body that can affect its major parts like the brain. These major developments or possibilities continue to be under the observation and study of the leading institutions in the world right now.
Among the age brackets that are prone to developing behavior problems are kids that are in the grade school level. This is because they often lack guidance from their parents and understanding from their teachers and peers.
Today, many experts have realized that there is one effective way to help children veer away from the possible development of behavior problems—this is by giving the child a pet companion.
Experts agree that pets—specifically dogs—are effective companions that can bring physical and emotional benefits especially to young kids. Studies show that dogs are quite effective companions especially in dealing with mood disorders and other behavior problems.
Possessing calm, loyal and intelligent qualities, canine companions are said to be ideal for those people who go through mood swings and disorders because these animals can provide the peace and tranquility the person needs to soothe his or her nerves. When it comes to psychotherapy, canine companions usually serve as clinical bridges and distractions using uncomfortable sessions.
Studies show that a strong psychological and emotional attachment between people and animal companions have resulted to lasting and strengthened human-animal bonds. Reports also show that canine companions help their owners have a positive outlook in life by minimizing the tension amongst people and family members.
Just like any other inquiry or study that has been conducted recently, the reports regarding the supposed benefits of people interacting with companion animals or Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT) are not yet final. These reports, though initial, present studies of efficacy that exude great possibilities. With continuous research, it has been found out that those animals that are involved in AAT increase people's understanding of the human-companion animal interaction, thus can lead to therapeutic possibilities.
As early as the 18th century, AAT is being administered by people as a medical intervention for improving a person's structural and postural balance. Aside from the physical benefits AAT gives, it has also been found out that animal companion also helps the person to improve and develop a sense of self-worth, ego strength, self-confidence and social competence.
Today, AAT is known to work well with children who have behavior problems as well to kids that are autistic, nonverbal, schizophrenic, inhibited, withdrawn, obsessive-compulsive and even to those who are culturally challenged. Because of this, AAT/nature education programs were created to be therapeutic for patients in residential treatment especially for those with attention-deficit/hyperactive and conduct disorders.
It has also been observed that canine companions included in the AAT program were effective in decreasing the patient's agitated and aggressive behavior while improving their cooperation with the instructors, thus leading to engaged learning and behavioral control in a regular classroom setting.