ESA- a type of animal that provides comfort to help relieve a symptom or effect of a person’s disability
Service animals – working animals are working animals that have been trained to perform tasks that assist disabled people
Benefits of ESA
- Unconditional love
- Helps children overcome speech/ emotional disorders
Did you know that mental health professionals are now acknowledging those emotions, and the consequential endorphins they release to help people who suffer from mental health issues?
Would often include his pet chow in his therapy sessions with his clients
Often observed the way his dog jingles could reach an autistic child when no other human could he discovered the technique by accident in the 50’s
This is the drug free way to help those with mild to severe disabilities
Based in Australia 1,000 volunteers AAT program has helped 20,000 people in hospitals, senior homes, and mental health units
They used llamas, rabbits, horses, pigs, and snakes
Mental health benefits of esa
- Lifts spirits
- Decreases feelings of isolation
- Encourages communications
- Provides comfort
- Reduces bordem
- Decreases anxiety
- More active
- Decrease in medications
- Lower heart rates
- Increase in oxytocin
- Increase in being social
- Self esteem boost
- Safe and comfortable
- More motivation
- Decrease in mental health symptoms
- Sense of purpose
- Decrease in loneliness
What diagnosis qualifies for ESA?
- Mild to severe anxiety
- Agoraphobia ( fear of being outside)
- Aerophobia (fear of flying)
- General anxiety
- Stress induced situations
- Social shyness
Procedure for ESA
- Determine if esa would be beneficial to your mental health
- Make sure your pet is well behaved
- Connect with your therapist / licensed medical professional
- Have your therapist/ doctor write an esa letter on your behalf
- Fill out proper paperwork to present to your land lord or airline
Fur babies know what we feel
- Have you ever had a bad day and your fur baby laid their head on your lap?
- That’s your pets way of showing empathy
- Our body language / tone helps them tune into our moods
- Helps children focus better
- Improves literacy skills
- Non stressful- non judgmental environment
- Increases self confidence
- Reduces self consciousness
- Encourages the love of reading
- Increases joint movement
- Improves recovery time
- Maintains/ increases motor skills
- Motivation to move more stretch further
- Exercise longer
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Releases oxytocin ( calming effect)
- Decreases all over physical pain
I recently looked into ESA because my fiancé Rob, and I were either looking for a puppy, or kitten due to my anxiety, separation anxiety, and other mental , and physical health issues that I have been going through. So one day my friend Erin Parker had found two kittens who are sisters that are eight weeks old but couldn’t keep them. So I reached out to Erin, and asked her to keep them for a few nights to try it out, and it went very well. So the next day Rob and I decided to keep the girls. So we went to the store to get them a bed, and toys, and a few other things. The next night Erin brought the girls home to me for good. The next nights our complex decided to try to tack on $600.00 for a pet fee plus $50 a month. I knew that we couldn’t afford that so I asked about ESA. My complex said we could do it; all I needed was a doctor’s note. So the next night I reached out to my doctor, we put our heads together, and we got the letter completed. The next day my complex accepted our ESA and my girls officially became mine. Rob, and I named them Lily, and Luna.
How they help me
Lily and Luna help me because during Covid19 I have been unable to work. So when Rob leaves for work I have separation anxiety where I get upset, cry, and more. I was also diagnosed with something called Non Epileptic Seizure Disorder (Anxiety, and stress induced seizures). I also have anxiety, stress, depression, Bipolar 1, Autism, and more so these girls are a blessing to me. Luna I feel is the miss sassy pants runs around, she Is very playful, silly, and loving but is still learning that it’s ok to be loved so she helps with my anxiety, and brings me happiness. Lily is our more laid back cuddlier, loving, playing, happy girl who just loves to lay next to me on the couch while I work on my blogs, so I feel like she helps my depression, bipolar, seizures, and more. I am excited to have these babies in my life.
The process I went through
So the process that I went through in order to get my ESA letter was really easy. I went to my family doctor in New Braunfels, Texas Dr Brett Earnest MD who spoke to all my doctors back in ohio to get information. Once he got a hold of all of my records he was able to evaluate me for the need for an emotional support animal. Finally after my video evaluation was complete I received my letter. The next and final step was to email the letter to my apartment complex, and wait for approval. Within a matter of minutes I got the email from my apartment complex letting me know that my girls were approved for ESA.
Autism and ESA
Autism and Emotional support animals are not like service animals. ESA babies are not trained. They benefit their owners just by being nearby, and available.
Therapy Dogs and Animals
Therapy animals are usually brought to institutions such as prisons, nursing homes, or hospitals, and used therapeutically. As compared to ESA babies they are only present to support their owners. So whether it’s an esa or esd, or therapy pet they are very important to that child or adult.
Emotional support pets or therapy pets can help someone with autism by being a solid, sound, unfaltering companion in the area of sensory overload. Sensory overload is a common challenge for adults and children with autism. Overload is also a daily occurrence for most of us. The overload happens from the inability to filter out sensations that are invalid, and not important. For example in a normal brain which can pick, and choose the autism brain experiences all sensations at once without an ability to ignore or redirect them.
An emotional support animal or therapy animal can help an autistic child or adult feel safe, and secure in a world that is constantly changing. All though there is still much research to be done as to how the pets can better help sufferers of mental disability its already been shown that the presence of the pet is a great , and tangible help to autism patients all across the spectrum. For example whether it’s a dog, cat, or even a miniature horse is an asset to autistic children, or adults everywhere, and their benefits should not be overlooked.