Animal therapy and selective mutism

12962548_10154065891656944_1398684884_oAnimals are amazing. Their unassuming, accepting nature makes it easy for children to relax and to be themselves around them, and so there are many occasions when a family pet – or any animal contact – can make all the difference to a child suffering from anxiety.

One such story is this one, of Owen and his little dog, Ling, which was published in 2015 as part of Rachel Hale McKenna’s photobook, Little Loves. This book captures ‘New Zealand children and their favourite animals’ and is available to purchase from this link. Photographs provided by Owen’s Mum, Maree Turner.


Kathryn HarperAnimal therapy and selective mutism