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Animal Assisted Therapy

Children and their families can take advantage of the presence of our therapy animals in a beautiful setting that encourages healing. The Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus’ nationally accredited equine therapy program teaches children and youth about responsibility, empathy, trust, and relational self-confidence.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal-directed, documented intervention that is used to address the clinical symptoms of the child through the inclusion of a therapy animal. AAT can increase the involvement of the child in his or her therapy, offer a safe way to explore touch and boundaries, and increase self-esteem through the acquisition of new skills.

In addition to our horses, the children interact with our residential dogs and classroom animals, from a bearded dragon to fish and small mammals.

The residents frequently comment how much the animals love them without judgment and frequently feel more comfortable disclosing their troubles to a therapy animal.

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Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health bringing help and hope to more than 25,000 children, families and young people across the United States this year. The organization offers a continuum of evidence- and research-based programs, including its two national models: YVIntercept, which offers intensive in-home services, and YVLifeSet, which gives former foster youth a good start on a successful adulthood.
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