What patients and families need to know
Children are curious explorers by nature, and as a result, most tend to gravitate to the unique qualities of animals in the world around us. Because of this, animal-assisted therapy (AAT) has become a pillar at most children’s hospitals across the country. AAT is used to describe programming that intentionally incorporates animals with the goal of improving individual health and wellness.
The Animal Visitation Program provides trained therapeutic dogs that visit patients at Children's National.
Learn more about Therapeutic Pups, an animal-assisted therapy service for Eating Disorders Clinic patients.