Canine = Dog
Modality = Method of treatment. Modalities are ways in which medical professionals go about treating a condition. Examples of modalities 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, the Dustin’s Paw dogs  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.

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