Receptive Language with Animal-Assisted Intervention

These sorting bowls really come in handy for receptive langauge!

Please read about the basics about therapy dogs and animal-assisted intervention in speech-language pathology on my original post here.

AAI receptive langauge activities are as varied as receptive langauge goals. When working on single-step directions I set out color sorting bowls and tell the patient which bowl to put each treat into. When working on prepositions I hold Zooey’s collar while telling the child where to put each bowl (“…on the chair” or “…under the table”). When working on multiple-step directions I do either the sorting bowl or preposition activity (or mix both) in steps. I can do the same for temporal directions (“Before you put a treat in the red bow, put the bowl under the table”) or conditional directions (“If Zooey has blue eyes then put a treat in the red bowl”).

You can find more AAI ideas for speech& language treatment here.

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