What is a Canine Modality Specialist?

Canine = Dog
Modality = Method of treatment. Modalities are ways in which medical professionals go about treating a condition. Examples include therapy balls, wheelchairs, walkers, surgery, medication, speech communication devices, or any other modality (Yes, even dogs!) used to assist the patient in healing and becoming more independent.
Specialist = One who concentrates his or her efforts in a specialized activity, field or practice.

Simply stated, we are a “LIVING” treatment modality used in Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and/or Physical Therapy designed to:

  • Increase the number of repetitions a patient does
  • Decrease the amount of time and difficulty in making trasitions from one activity to another
  • Increase the amount of time a patient will stay on task
  • Increase the desire to try new skills
  • Decrease the amount of fear/resistance in taking the next step
  • Decrease behavioral issues
  • Increase independence

As Canine Modality Specialists, our non-profit organization provides interactive canine/patient activities for disabled children and adults. With over 70 learned behaviors, our dogs stir up the will to make that next step towards independence.