Alpacas are effective therapy animals for kids and adults on the autism spectrum! Interacting with alpacas and other therapy animals can have a calming, centering effect for people on the spectrum, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and help teach interpersonal skills.
Says animal-assisted therapist Lacey Burgess, working with alpacas “can teach kids about responsibility, gain a rapport and trust and respect. So you can kind of use these guys to really get your point across about any kind of life skills topic that you need to.”
Learning 4 Life Farm is creating an alpaca therapy program for kids and young adults on the autism spectrum, and caring for the alpacas will be part of our job training program for teens and young adults on the spectrum. Stay tuned as we grow our program, and contact us to get involved!
Check out some examples of animal assisted alpaca therapy in pilot programs around the world: