Paw Pause Journey

Paw Pause started in 2021 by Niki Pryke (she/her). Niki is a qualified Counsellor with 20+years of experience working in schools with young people and those with disabilities.

Niki also has extensive experience as a parent supporting her own children through their disability journeys.

Ed came into her life in 2018 and proved to have the perfect temperament to support Niki’s vision of providing Animal Assisted Therapy in the school environment.

What is Animal-Assisted Therapy?

Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a type of therapeutic intervention that involves animals as a part of the treatment process. AAT is commonly used in healthcare settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers, as well as in schools and mental health facilities.

Dogs, cats, horses, and other animals are often used in AAT, and the therapy may involve a variety of activities, such as petting or grooming the animals, taking them for walks, or participating in structured exercises with them.

Research has shown that animal-assisted therapy can have many benefits for individuals with a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and autism. These benefits can include reduced stress and anxiety, increased feelings of calmness and relaxation, and improved socialization and communication skills.