Describing that which Cannot Be Measured, Catalogued, or Classified

  • Nancy R. Gee State University of New York, Fredonia


In this narrative, the author describes the case of a three-year-old boy who suffered from physical and cognitive disabilities, and who was severely withdrawn. Over the course of two years and extensive weekly therapy visits, the child developed a strong bond with the author's miniature poodle, Louie, who is a certified therapy dog. At first, he vehemently preferred to watch Louie from a distance. But slowly over time, and with Louie's seemingly intuitive understanding of his special needs, the two became the best of friends. Additionally, the author explains how Louie was integrated into the child's physical therapy regimen to provide variety and motivation. Note: Names have been changed to protect confidentiality.

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