Therapy Dog 'Ajay' joins the Tweddle team

Therapy Dog ‘Ajay’ joins the Tweddle team


Tweddle Child and Family Health Service has welcomed a furry team member as part of the residential program. A specially trained and registered therapy dog ‘Ajay’ comes in weekly to spend time with families. Ajay is part of Delta Therapy Dogs, a heart-warming program that brings the joys of animal companionship to an estimated 20,000 Australians in hospitals and care facilities every week.

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is an evidence based approach which supports babies, toddlers and adults who may be experiencing disruption in the infant-parent relationship. Interacting with a therapy dog allows participants to explore the development of skills such as tone of voice, tolerance and trust.

AAT has become a common method among counselors, psychologists, and therapists working with children who have complex needs. Therapy animals have contributed to countless health, social, behavioural and emotional benefits. Studies have shown psychological benefits of support dogs in areas of stress and anxiety. The presence of such an animal can divert attention away from what is causing the stress and / or anxiety (Leaser 2005).

Ajay has already met dozens of babies, toddlers and their families.  Ajay loves cuddles and is gentle and patient with children of all ages.

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