Pawsitive Friendships of Gilbert, Arizona, is the first organization of its kind in Arizona to have earned the Certified Autism Center™ designation (CAC). The CAC designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), means that families with children on the autism spectrum and other sensory disorders can enjoy the best possible experience that caters to their needs.
Pawsitive Friendships is a not for profit organization that helps children with special needs achieve their personal goals through Animal Assisted Therapy. Providing a sensory-inclusive experience for children on the autism spectrum is paramount to the success Pawsitive Friendships has with their unique program. Completing the fully accredited Autism Certification program provided by IBCCES enables Pawsitive Friendships to ensure the best possible treatment for all of the children they serve.
“While the practice of using animals for pet therapy has existed for years, the manner in which Pawsitive Friendships utilizes the animal and human interaction to gain the attention of our special needs students is unique,” said Julie Armstrong, Board Chair. “We are proud of our accomplishments and have looked forward to becoming an autism certified organization. In addition, working alongside other companies and organizations within the City of Mesa and Visit Mesa to continue our service mission.”