In Animal-Assisted Therapy, animals are used as a tool for clients to meet occupational, physical, or speech therapy goals.

Here at Taking the Lead, Inc. our Animal-Assisted Occupational Therapy (OT) sessions use horses and dogs,

Meet Sam. Initially, Sam learned to follow directions more easily through therapeutic riding. Then TTL’s OT learned of Sam’s goals and challenges while shopping in public. TTL developed two animal-assisted therapy programs to aid teenagers and adults like Sam be successful in what they define as a meaningful life skill or occupation.

“In the past, Sam has thrown temper tantrums, inadvertently pushed other customers, and thrown items from shelves. To help Sam and others with the same struggle, we began an animal-assisted OT group to help youth with ASD gain independence in public. “

Chelsea Whitaker, OTR/L