Our Four Legged Friends Now Help Children In Boosting Their Confidence
22 Aug 2014
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We have seen people eating, playing and doing a lot of day to day activities with dogs. Many people believe that dogs are good listeners and hence there are some people who read with a man’s best friend. Keeping the same in mind, Michigan, Detroit has a programme called Reader Dog Program where young kids are paired with four legged reading buddies with a hope that it will help them in gaining their confidence in reading.
As a part of the the Reader Dog Program that has started at Grosse Pointe Public Libraries any student, whether in kindergarten or on the fifth-grade can practice reading with dogs. The reason behind this initiative is simple - "it’s less embarrassing than reading out loud on the classroom while they’re still learning how to".
“It’s also an environment that’s away from the school environment, so if they’re used to being frustrated in the school by reading, it’s a new space and a new way to try,” Kate DeMeaster, Dir., Assistant Central Library said.
This programme was created by Victor Bloom and is now in its 11th year.
The children themselves say that it has helped them in becoming smarter and more attentive.
“Dogs are very good listeners and dogs are very friendly,” Collin Smith, one of a 7 year old student said. These boys may also have pets at home but the dogs here used in this therapy are more trained and calm.
Each therapy dog is accompanied by a handler so that the children feel safe.
The dogs are super happy to get there and meet the children. They say that dogs love all the attention they get from the children and the faculty.
Results show that as these students head back to school, they’re more confident in their reading skills and willing to participate in class. And it helps make reading fun. It is surely one of the most brilliant ideas to get children to reading with full confidence and enthusiasm.