Animal assisted therapy focus of June 4 broadcast

Washington State University Extension, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Department of Human Development will be presenting a satellite broadcast addressing the role of animal assisted activities for children with disabilities and developing youth at 9:30-11:00 am Friday, June 4.

The program can be viewed on satellite or it can be viewed via video streaming on the web at during the live broadcast or any time into the future. Paulie Mills, associate professor, Department of Human Development, will introduce participants to animal assisted therapy; Francois Martin, associate director, WSU Veterinary Medicine, will share the experiences and research of People Pets Partnership and the PATH therapeutic horsemanship program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the audience will learn about an all volunteer, 4-H sponsored, therapeutic horsemanship program in Chelan County, Wash.

Kaycee Bennett, graduate student, Department of Human Development will report on the results of her behavioral research involving children with autism who participated in a therapeutic horsemanship program.
The program will conclude with a panel of educators and researchers that include Paulette Mills, Francois Martin, Pat BoyEs, state program director, 4-H Youth Development, Washington State University Extension, and Tom Power, chair of WSU’s Department of Human Development. The panel will address current and future implications for youth development programming for children with disabilities and developing youth, and take your questions via email, fax or phone.

For satellite viewing go to Galaxy 3 – 95w, Channel/Transponder 02 – 3720 vertical, Audio 6.2 and 6.8, test signal is 9-9:30 a.m., program from 9:30-11 a.m. Contact Jim Shelden for technical assistance, 335-9290. To view video videostreaming, go to:

For more information, contact WSU 4-H specialist Jerry Newman at: or producer/host Scott Fedale at:

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