Burstow Primary School

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PETS AS THERAPY – READ 2 DOGS

Most adults are apprehensive about speaking in public. It is very daunting. Young people are no different. Research shows that young people can become nervous and stressed when reading to others in a group. However, when a Pets As Therapy (PAT) Dog enters the group, they often become less stressed, less self-conscious and more confident as the dogs are non-judgemental.

 

Before long the young people are starting to look forward to the reading experience as they are going to read to their new friend, the PAT Dog. PAT Dogs provide comfort, encourage positive social behaviours, enhance self-esteem, motivate speech and inspire young people to have fun.

 

Introducing Neville and his owner Anna Richardson, who have been volunteering at Burstow since September 2016. The children have all been introduced to Neville and Anna in a special assembly and are benefiting from the positive reading experience.

 

Neville is enjoying listening to Year 5 this term and looks forward to reading with Year 2 after Easter.

 

If you would like further information visit http://petsastherapy.org/what-we-do/read2dogs/ or speak to your child’s Class Teacher.