Working with a therapy dog in a school setting provides a unique set of opportunities and challenges. This website provides information regarding one school counselor's development of elementary school facility dog program. It addresses specific considerations in the risk management of having a dog in a school setting with hundreds of kids, fire alarm drills, allergies and dog aversions. It also addresses the management of a program to best meet the considerations of the talented canine that responds positively to work in this setting.
This site includes details of up-front work to gain buy-in of district leaders, insurance issues, resources, considerations for site evaluations, animal assisted activity programs, and animal assisted therapy work in both the social/emotional aspects of school counseling work and reading goals. Other resources including FAQ sheets for parents/guardians and school district leaders, permission form examples, pre/post data collection sheets, and animal assisted education slide shows.
This website was developed to assist in the networking of education professionals that work with therapy dogs in the school setting. A membership page assists in that endeavor.
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