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Animal Therapy & Playing with Pets

Cuddling with pets or feeling a desire to interact with the animals in our environment can bring an immediate sense of calm and balance. That’s because our brains release chemicals that help combat any feelings of stress or anxiety at that moment. See the joy animals (and reptiles) can bring to kids of ALL abilities here: youtu.be/zOMvjwikLFo

As we get through these challenging times, animals can be a great way to support children of all abilities in exploring their self-coping skills. Here are fun and different ways to engage with animals at home:

Did you know that Inclusion Matters by Shane’s Inspiration has several animal-themed playgrounds? One of our first was the Neil Papiano Play Park inside the Los Angeles Zoo! We have 73 inclusive playgrounds open around the world. Find one near you at inclusionmatters.org/playgrounds-list/

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