Sweet Dream Farm is a privately owned farm located in the gently rolling hills of New Jersey, just off the border of
If needed, we can work with Drs., OTs, PTs, MSWs, Speech Pathologists and other Health Care Professionals. We also work DIRECTLY with Concerned Parents.
We at Sweet Dream Farm have a diversity of gentle, well trained "farm" animals to partner with for our therapies and activities on our 5 1/2 acre fully fenced in property. We also provide “In-Facility” visits if the weather prohibits it or if it's simply more convenient for us to come to you!
Our staff is specially trained with our therapy animals. They are warm, friendly, caring and professional. We are available during most school hours, and the summer months and work with classes as well as individuals.
People with special needs, single children and the elderly tend to benefit the most from animal assisted therapy contact with domesticated, gentle animals. Many of these people aren’t in a position to tend to a pet on a daily basis. This can be due to ability limitations, school and work schedules, or family preference amongst other reasons. This is where therapy animals, trained to be gentle, come into play the strongest. We provide that contact, in a safe environment, that they otherwise could not have.
We have been very fortunate to work closely with SCHI, The School for Children with Hidden Intelligence, in
We at Sweet Dream Therapy Farm offer “Farm” Animal Assisted Therapy Programs at our
Our staff is specially trained with our therapy animals. They are warm, friendly, caring and professional. We are available during most school hours, and throughout the year, including summer months and work with classes as well as individuals.
We would be happy to personally customize a program to your specific requirements as well.
We will be happy to come to your facility to discuss how we can work together to add to your own wonderful program.
CALL US AT 732-806-7370
What is Animal Assisted Therapy ?
Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves an animal with specific relatable characteristics becoming a fundamental part of a person's developmental education. Animal-assisted therapy is designed to improve the physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning of the participant, as well as provide educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. AAT can be provided on an individual or group basis.
Many kinds of animals are used in AAT. We at Sweet Dream Therapy Farm use cavalier king charles spaniel dogs, other qualified dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, guinea pigs, turtles and a wide assortment of fascinating farm birds. Loads of fun and therapy are blended into one. We also provide AAT with our very gentle miniature horses, and full size horse.
At Sweet Dream Therapy Farm, we have brought AAT up several notches by also adding soothing, natural music to gently and softly enhance the senses. The music pieces do not contain voices so a “mood” is produced, as opposed to having to “listen” to a meaning of a song. In some beginning sessions, some members are fearful of animals. We handle this by kindly integrating our members to life like animal hand puppets as their first step. We have had tremendous success with this as well, and fears quickly dissipate. We always work within appropriate limits then safely and slowly expand them.
Animals have been used for centuries to improve the lives of people. We at Sweet Dream Therapy Farm have put into practice the behavioral science behind animal assisted therapy, and use that science to help produce many beneficial results, some being:
Background Information on AAT
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) - the deliberate inclusion of animal contact into an educational or recreational program, and animal-assisted activities (AAA), the use of companion animals to enhance the lives of people with special needs, are based on the age-old concept of the love of a pet.
For example, close to half of the psychiatrists, psychologists, and family practice physicians responding to a survey conducted by Kal Kan pet foods reported that they have prescribed animal companionship for their patients to combat loneliness, depression, and other emotional problems including inactivity and stress. In a random sampling, 57% of psychiatrists, 48% of psychologists, and 40% of family practice physicians reported recommending animals for companionship, to provide unconditional affection and warmth, to provide a focus or perspective, amusement, and a feeling of being needed.
Contact with gentle, domesticated animals tends to help teach people the responsibilities of daily living, compassion for other creatures who share our planet, and the cycles of life and death. It tends to help build self-esteem and self-confidence.
Our animals have been specially trained to be extremely docile, friendly and affectionate. The ongoing results from the positive feedback we receive from our program are amazing and heartwarming! We have many positive stories to tell!!
"A dog is man's best friend because he wags his tail and not his tongue."
--- Dr. Samuel Corson
There is greater "freedom" in pet/human relationships than in most human/human relationships: rules regulating roles in parental, sibling, marital and friendship relationships are more socially structured and codified.
“Gentle animals have frequently been described as non-threatening and non-judgmental companions. The unambivalent nature of the exchange of affection between people and animals differs from exchanges with close family members and other relatives. Animals are a source of comfort that can be scheduled on demand of the owner, in almost any quantity, without bargaining or supplication” explained researchers Aaron Katcher and Erika Friedmann.
We at Sweet Dream Therapy Farm offer “In-Facility” Animal Therapy Programs during inclement weather seasons, in addition to the regular farm visits at our
We will be happy to come to your facility to discuss how we can work together to add to your wonderful program. We are very reasonably priced.
May we all succeed in enhancing the lives of those around us!