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Four-footed therapists: special rehabilitation methods for children are being developed in the border region of Ukraine and Belarus

January 24, 2018

Canistherapy is one of the promising rehabilitation techniques, which is actively used in the cases of nervous disorders, mental illnesses, infantile cerebral paralysis, hypertension, depression, as well as in the process of adapting children and adults with autism and Down syndrome to the everyday life.

A joint project of Belarus and Ukraine will help to introduce canistherapy in the border regions of both countries, being implemented through a grant from the European Union in the amount of 90.000 Euros.

Why dogs? They are easily trained in verbal commands, willingly obey them, and express their emotions better than other animals. Games and tactile contacts with a dog in the course of special exercises reduce stress, increase physical activity, help overcome depression and anxiety, soothe and motivate patients.

“The project will allow training those interested in applying canistherapy. Cynologists will work with selected dogs. We will use specific categories of dogs – calm, specially developed breeds for interacting with people and guide-dogs" – highlighted Ms Bogdana Novarchuk, Team Leader of the project.

A dog-therapist is a coach, a friend and a sports “device” simultaneously – by encouraging patients to play a game, it motivates them to move and perform the exercises necessary for their rehabilitation, as well as to improve exercise tolerance. The dog’s ability to understand a person without words by reading facial expressions and gestures helps establish contacts with non-speaking patients and patients with autism.

Visit the EaPTC website to learn more about the Belarus-Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme.

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