The Human-Animal Connection Works for Stuttering
|Lia Schwartz and Pauly, from left to right, Jane Fraser, Holly Clark and Georgie, and Alan Rabinowitz.|
NEW YORK CITY — “From the Mayo Clinic to Emory University to our friends at Pet Partners®,there is growing interest in the important connection between human health and animals,” said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation.
“For those who stutter, finding someone who will be patient and listen is important. A therapy dog fills the bill! People are judgmental—animals aren’t—and those who struggle with stuttering know the difference. For them, having the opportunity to talk and be heard may be crucial in coping with this complex disorder.”
To bring focus and attention to this new aspect of helping those who stutter, the Foundation on Thursday hosted a gala in New York City during National Stuttering Awareness Week, May 9-14. It highlighted Stuttering and the Animal Connection with renowned wildlife conservationist Alan Rabinowitz and two Pet Partners teams that specialize in human-animal therapy.
“We are thrilled by the perspective Alan brings to this effort. During difficult times with stuttering during his childhood, animals played a huge role, from the pet lizard he kept in his closet to the caged jaguar he
cried with in the zoo. We also salute Pet Partners therapy dogs, Pauly and Georgie, for reminding us of the comfort and kindness a trusted therapy pet can bring to us all—and especially to those who stutter.”
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Posted May 12, 2016