I just skimmed through it....but I think I have to agree with the writer...at least on the surface. I have a multitude of bunnies and bears...but I have one teddy "Jozee" that I purchased last spring (right around Easter). I just couldn't resist her. It was like she called out to me, so I bought her. Now, whenever I'm feeling sad or alone, I pick up Jozee and give her a cuddle...she never fails to make me feel better. I recently (a couple weeks ago) bought another bear which I call Jozef. He's Jozee's brother! :-D
Anyway...teddybears are definitely therapeutic! Even as children we talked to our teddies, told them all of our secrets and fears, and held them for comfort. Nothing says we can't continue to do this on into adult-hood!
Yes, Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals are great therapy, I learned during my last Hospitalization. They comfort and relieve stress, and they help with one of the "5 Senses in Therapy", that being the "Touch" sense.
The only reason teddy bears are nice for therapy is because they are common in North America, people learn to relate to them, because they are their security item from birth. However, other cultures and individual experiences are different. I would never suggest teddy bear therapy to someone, I would just say find something that makes you feel secure and hold on to that. Whatever it is, a blanket, a photo, a locket, a plushie. The real therapy is in how that thing activates your mind and memories.