Family Services Inc. Animal Assisted Interactions

Family Services Inc. Animal Assisted Interactions We bring registered therapy handler/animal teams to work with clients of Family Services, Inc.

Our teams are registered with Pet Partners and provide the following services. Pet Partners has provided the following definitions for clarification for the use of animal/handler teams in Animal Assisted Interactions and AAI will be using these definitions ANIMAL-ASSISTED ACTIVITIES (AAA). These are goal-directed activities designed to improve patients’ quality of life through utilization of the human/animal bond. ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY (AAT). A credentialed healthcare professional, working within the scope of practice of his/her profession, sets therapeutic goals, guides the interaction between patient and animal, measures progress toward meeting therapy goals, and evaluates the process. PERSONAL ASSISTANCE THERAPY (PAT). This is a type if AAT designed to educate clients with permanent impairments as to the tasks service animals can provide. Service animals/service dogs can be trained to reliably perform many tasks, some of which are: • Leading a person who has a visual impairment. • Sound discrimination • General assistance, including: • Mobility (helping person balance for transfer/ambulation, pulling wheelchair, helping person rise from sitting or fallen position) • Retrieval (getting items that are dropped or otherwise out of reach, carrying items by mouth) • Scent discrimination (locate items, people, places such as bathrooms, elevators, escalators, return path) • Miscellaneous (e.g., open/close doors and drawers, help person undress/dress, carry items in backpack, act as physical buffer to jostling by others, put clothes in washer/remove from dryer, bark to alert for help) • Sense and alert owners to oncoming seizures. • Emotional support, providing a known, trusting entity to facilitate homeostasis (i.e., maintenance of blood pressure, respiration, heart rate, temperature, etc.) during potentially difficult episodes.

Mission: The main objective for the animal-assisted interactions program is to improve the clients’ health and feelings of well-being with the use animal-assisted interactions.

Great day today with clients and staff!
10/07/2016

Great day today with clients and staff!

Asscher and Smudge are back to work at Family Services and are being well-received after their week off!
09/29/2016

Asscher and Smudge are back to work at Family Services and are being well-received after their week off!

Asscher working hard! 😊
09/14/2016

Asscher working hard! 😊

At times like these, we ask, "Is the dog doing the spoiling or getting spoiled?" BeBop thinks that the answer to the que...
09/01/2016

At times like these, we ask, "Is the dog doing the spoiling or getting spoiled?" BeBop thinks that the answer to the question does not matter. 😊

Hero and Asscher working with the FSI clients!
08/30/2016

Hero and Asscher working with the FSI clients!

Smudge is going to sleep.
08/23/2016

Smudge is going to sleep.

Welcome our new intern, Julia.  She is shown here with BeBop
07/14/2016

Welcome our new intern, Julia. She is shown here with BeBop

FSI Clients sure do give our pups the royal treatment!  There was a lot of spoiling going on!  💗
07/05/2016

FSI Clients sure do give our pups the royal treatment! There was a lot of spoiling going on! 💗

There is joy in this world. 😊
06/16/2016

There is joy in this world. 😊

Twinning in gray, black, and white! 😊
06/01/2016

Twinning in gray, black, and white! 😊

Asscher and Smudge enjoying time with FSI clients. 💕🐾😊
05/24/2016

Asscher and Smudge enjoying time with FSI clients. 💕🐾😊

Flynn and his buddy.
04/29/2016

Flynn and his buddy.

Walk on a beautiful day; then some cuddle time
04/15/2016

Walk on a beautiful day; then some cuddle time

It may have been dreary outside but it didn't stop us from having fun inside!  FSI clients played ball, walked around an...
04/07/2016

It may have been dreary outside but it didn't stop us from having fun inside! FSI clients played ball, walked around and at the end of our visit Clutch enjoyed being petted.

It was a beautiful spring day to be outside! 🌷☀️ We had a blast playing kickball and visiting with clients!  Clutch play...
03/24/2016

It was a beautiful spring day to be outside! 🌷☀️ We had a blast playing kickball and visiting with clients! Clutch played the outfield and BeBop cheered for both teams from the sidelines! 😎

Fun walking and dancing at Family Services with our clients and pups!
03/18/2016

Fun walking and dancing at Family Services with our clients and pups!

FSI-Spring Pictures
03/16/2016

FSI-Spring Pictures

Flynn and Asscher enjoyed walking and snuggling!
03/15/2016

Flynn and Asscher enjoyed walking and snuggling!

Asscher plays frisbee and Smudge gives hugs!
02/24/2016

Asscher plays frisbee and Smudge gives hugs!

BeBop getting spoiled!
02/19/2016

BeBop getting spoiled!

02/02/2016

The Pet Partner class for February 6 and Pet Partner Evaluations for February 20th have been cancelled. Thank you for your understanding. Stay tuned for our upcoming course and evaluations!

The Animal Assisted Interactions program has expanded at Family Services.  Obviously, the dogs love the additional atten...
01/21/2016

The Animal Assisted Interactions program has expanded at Family Services. Obviously, the dogs love the additional attention! 😍

Interested in volunteering with your pet?
01/10/2016

Interested in volunteering with your pet?

Asscher and Flynn had us all moving today-walking, kicking ball, or throwing the ball.
01/08/2016

Asscher and Flynn had us all moving today-walking, kicking ball, or throwing the ball.

Clutch plays retrieval with our FSI clients then BeBop takes his turn! 💕😊
01/06/2016

Clutch plays retrieval with our FSI clients then BeBop takes his turn! 💕😊

We love our work with Family Services!
12/29/2015

We love our work with Family Services!

Special thank you to the Family Services staff and clients for embracing the Animal Assisted Interactions Program.  We a...
12/24/2015

Special thank you to the Family Services staff and clients for embracing the Animal Assisted Interactions Program. We are so blessed to be a part of a terrific team! Looking forward to making more memories. Happy Holidays!

Clutch playing ball with our clients.  If you look closely, you can find a lazy Smudge on a lap!
12/22/2015

Clutch playing ball with our clients. If you look closely, you can find a lazy Smudge on a lap!

Holiday Photos with the Therapy Dogs
12/22/2015

Holiday Photos with the Therapy Dogs

Holiday Photos with the Therapy Dogs
12/16/2015

Holiday Photos with the Therapy Dogs

Fun with Family Service Inc. Clients.  This is always a blessing and a joy!
12/15/2015

Fun with Family Service Inc. Clients. This is always a blessing and a joy!

Kristy and Clutch working with the clients. What fun!
12/09/2015

Kristy and Clutch working with the clients. What fun!

Nice quiet work done today by Asscher and Flynn with the clients at FSI.
12/02/2015

Nice quiet work done today by Asscher and Flynn with the clients at FSI.

Special thank you to Family Services Inc. for the warm welcome the Animal Assisted Interactions Program is receiving.  S...
11/25/2015

Special thank you to Family Services Inc. for the warm welcome the Animal Assisted Interactions Program is receiving. So blessed to be part of the team! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Family Services Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD
20877

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