Benefits Of Therapy Dogs In Schools
Jake after his first volunteer job!!
Jake is a very laid back dog and I thought he would be perfect at an assisted living facility in West Virginia. He did not disappoint. He was incredibly calm and patient with the nursing staff and patients there and brought many smiles. We were there for about an hour and when we got into the car, he feel asleep almost immediately.
A recent report highlighted children working with therapy dogs experienced increased motivation for learning, resulting in improved outcomes.
Therapy dogs are being used to support children with social and emotional learning needs, which in turn can assist with literacy development.
Research into the effects of therapy dogs in schools is showing a range of benefits including:
• gains in confidence
• decreases in learner anxiety behaviours resulting in improved learning outcomes, such as increases in reading and writing levels. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, one out of every eight teens between the ages of 13 to 18 suffers from some type of anxiety disorder.
• positive changes towards learning and improved motivation
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