“Sometimes when you’re taking your child from therapy to therapy, you can feel like you’re depriving them of a childhood. Dog-Assisted Therapy seemed less like therapy and more like genuine fun.”

This is how Emma, the mother of eight-year-old Willa who has autism, watched her daughter become more independent following a WA program that focused on helping Willa to be successful rather than trying to change her behaviour. And all thanks to a dog called Bazza.

Willa’s confidence grew so much that she started writing a book called ‘The Adventures of Bazza’. She had always disliked writing and this was one of her goals at the start of Dog-Assisted Therapy.

Read more in the latest issue of Link magazine

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