“We love Macie and Samantha. They help us feel happy and excited to come to Baron.”
Animals often encourage communication, occupational skills, and movement in children. At Baron Therapy Services, LLC we offer animal therapy for children to enhance our speech, language, and occupational therapy. This is available to any child who may benefit from animal therapy or want to be around the dogs.
Our therapy dogs have served our children in numerous ways. They act as:
- Reading Partners
- Emotional Support
- Confidence Builders
- Sensory Input
- Language Facilitators
- Movement guides
- Helpers for Activities of Daily Living
- Social Skills Promoters
- Meal Time Buddies
The first words some of our children have said were our canine friends’ names: “Macie and Sammie”.
Macie and Samantha are trained therapy dogs. Their breed is Bichon Frise, which means “curly lap dog” in French. These dogs are happy, cheerful, playful, small, and sturdy, with dark-eyed inquisitive expressions. Their breed is often compared to a cotton ball due to their white curly fluffy coats. Most people are not allergic to this breed as their coat is a type of hair that does not shed. However, if you would rather that Macie and Samantha be separated from you that can be easily arranged.
Children have proven to be motivated and engaged by animal assisted therapy. Many children feel at ease when the dogs are present. In addition, they feel a sense of empowerment when working with them.