Animal-Assisted Interaction

Our animal-assisted interaction (AAI) team uses highly-trained animals and professional staff to help bring out the best in students. They help with social skills instruction, crisis support, and classroom lessons.

AAI is sometimes referred to as therapy animals or service animals.

Join us

The dogs involved in the AAI program are specifically selected, trained, and in excellent health. View the application form to learn more about the requirements to be a staff handler.

Amy and Steve

Amy and Steve

Amy is a school psychologist at 916. Steve is a Great Pyrenees who has been a certified therapy dog since June 2019. Steve's specialty is interacting with children and adults with significant physical disabilities and medical conditions. He is a gentle giant who enjoys naps and getting petted on his big furry head.