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Animal Assisted Social Skills Program

  • Facilitated by Provisional Psychologist, Amy Biggs-Tsoubos and Therapy Dog, Lulu

  • 5-week program

  • Two Age Groups (content is tailored to suit each age group)

    • 7 - 9  years old 

    • 10 - 12 years old

  • After School Times (typically 4pm)

  • Limited Places (max of 10 per group)

This five-week group program is a social skills training program designed to help children to develop appropriate skills when interacting with their peers. Children will learn:

  • Qualities of a good friend

  • Sharing

  • Turn Taking

  • Conversation Skills

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Following rules of games

  • Impulse control

This program aims to help children build their social skills and is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy modalities integrated with Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) techniques. Participants of the program will also develop their confidence, assertiveness, self-esteem, ability for delayed gratification & dog training! 

Each week focusses on a different skill or concept, and children participate in fun activities and games to help learn this skill. The group is a great place for children to develop their social skills as they can not only gain feedback about their actions by groups facilitators, but from Lulu as well (the Mental Health Therapy Dog). Lulu can help children identify and understand how their actions, tone of voice and body language affect her so they can then modify this if necessary. The role of the Therapy Dog is to assist the participants with group and individual activities. Activities, which are assisted by the Therapy Dog, are more enjoyable for the participants, fulfil sensory needs and assist with group engagement, participation and retention rates. 

The group is suitable for children who might have a history of being bullied, who are shy meeting new people or who have difficulty making or maintaining friendships.