Sensory Tools for Pets: Animals and People Helping Each Other

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The book is comprised of stories and photos from therapists and parents. Animal assisted therapy stories about animals helping children (including some with autism) and adults who have sensory processing issues. Many therapists are using animals to assist in their treatment of children and adults with positive results. Animals with sensory processing issues and simple techniques people have used to help them. The authors are hoping to raise people's awareness about sensory processing issues and the possibility that some animals' behaviors might be related to these issues. Sensory Tools for Pets: Animals and People Helping Each Other (TM) has been developed to help pet owners and animal lovers understand how helpful animals can be in their interactions with people. This includes children and adults with disabilities, either physical or neurological, and/or with sensory processing difficulties. While collecting stories to share about animal assisted therapy, the authors received many additional stories from therapists and pet owners who were using their training and knowledge of "sensory systems" to deal with sensory processing issues of their animals. The forward in this book was written by a veterinarian who used many of the techniques described in the book when rescuing cats and dogs after hurricane Katrina. He spoke to Diana after his return home to tell her how amazed he was by being able to use some of the sensory strategies from the book, and how they had really helped to calm some of the animals he was attempting to rescue.

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Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA has specialized in the area of sensory integration and sensory processing for over 30 years. She earned her BS in occupational therapy from Tufts University and her MS in sensory integration from Rush University. Diana first studied with Lorna Jean King, and then opened her clinic in 1984. Since 2000 she has been traveling with her husband, Rick Ruess, this book's designer, in an RV presenting workshops worldwide on sensory integration and sensory processing. They can be reached via their website at Diana and Rick have produced numerous handbooks, videos and dvds to help therapists, educators and parents understand the impact of sensory processing on motor coordination, functional performance, behavior and social participation. Together with Deanna Iris Sava and Tammy Wheeler, they produced the SI Tools for Teens (TM) handbook.

Deanna Iris Sava, MS, OTR/L received her B.A. in Communication Arts and Sciences in 1984 and obtained her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Rush University, Chicago, IL, in 1993. Deanna worked in physical disabilities settings for three years, and has been a school-based pediatric occupational therapist since 1996. She is certified in sensory integration, therapeutic listening, and assistive technology. She is very active on occupational therapy listservs (pediatric, school, and sensory integration) and has her own website, OT Exchange ( She is also the proud human mom of two beautiful cats, Chloe and Aries.


As a person with autism, I can really relate to using joint compression and deep pressure to help animals calm down. Lots of good ideas that can really help pets. --Temple Grandin, Ph.D

With every page I read, Sensory Tools for Pets made me smile with gratitude. It is such confirmation of the relevance of sensory integrative theory and the importance of the healing bond between us, the human animal, and the other creatures on this poor battered planet. In the microcosm of JenLo farm, I have seen the magic that happens between clients and animals they learn to understand and care for. Fears are faced and overcome, tactile and proprioceptive issues addressed, and self confidence blossoms. Clients often gravitate to the animal that will give them the sensory and emotional help they need most. Both animals and humans benefit, and a 'peaceable kingdom' results. Most importantly, the rich connection between body, heart and mind is strengthened. --Lois Hickman, MS, OTR, FAOTA

The information in this book should inspire further investigation into sensory processing techniques for people and animals. I have conducted several research studies on the effect of deep pressure in dogs. The data from those studies provided evidence that deep pressure resulted in decreasing emotional and physiological reactivity for the animals. In my behavior practice, I have incorporated sensory processing techniques with other standard behavior modification therapy with positive results. These findings are exciting and should provide evidence to further investigate the benefits of sensory processing techniques in animals during the behavior assessment and modification program. --Nancy Williams, MA, RVT

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Diana A. Henry, Deanna Iris Sava
Published by Henry Occupational Therapy Ser (2006)
ISBN 10: 0977977005 ISBN 13: 9780977977000
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