Turning the Page for Spot: Exploring the Potential of Therapy Dogs to Support Reading Motivation and Positive Reading Behaviours Among Young Children
| Contributor(s):: Camille Xinmei Rousseau
Animal-assisted literacy programs are growing in popularity as research continues to reveal their benefits for promoting children’s reading skills and positive reading behaviours. Struggling readers may benefit the most from canine-assisted literacy programs as these programs may increase...
How therapy dogs can be an intervention tool for struggling readers | Karen Burns | TEDxSaltLakeCity
| Contributor(s):: Karen Burns
Learning to read is arguably one of the most important skills taught in school, and it is no surprise how challenging it can be. Karen Burns knows how the reading skills gap can affect someone for their entire life. In this poignant, and sometimes funny, talk, Karen tells us how man's best...
Paws and Think, Inc.
Paws and Think, Inc. was founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) organization to bring the benefits off the human-animal bond to both people and dogs. Our Mission is Improving lives through the power of the human-dog connection. We do this through our Youth-Canine programs, helping at-risk or...
The Effects of Receiving Animal Assisted Therapy on the Self-Efficacy and Reading Fluency of Struggling Readers
| Contributor(s):: Lisa M. Smith
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of using animal-assisted therapy on the self-efficacy and reading fluency of struggling readers. The measurement tool used was Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Learning Skills (DIBELS) and the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey. This study...
The BaRK (Building Reading Confidence for Kids) canine assisted reading program: One child's experience
| Contributor(s):: Fisher, Barbara, Cozens, Merle
This study investigated the effectiveness of the BaRK program for Zack, one disengaged reader. The BaRK program is a canine assisted literacy program in which a child reads one-on-one to a trained therapy dog. The ‘Neale Analysis of Reading Ability’ was used to compare Zack’s...
Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta
The Mission of the Pet Therapy Society is to provide to the community safe and effective Animal Assisted Activities and Programs. The Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta recognizes that the commitment of its volunteers is vital to the success of its Mission. The Pet Therapy Society of...
Caring Animal Partners
Caring Animal Partners' mission is to enhance the pleasure and well being of our elder groups, assist in the development of skills for living in our younger groups and to provide pet assisted therapy to those with special needs.
ElderPet is a service organization staffed by community volunteers, and is based at the Thompson School at UNH. The main goal of ElderPet is to facilitate the important human/pet relationships of the senior citizens, people with disabilities, hospice families, and clients of health care and other...
Therapy Horses of Gentle Carousel
Our teams of tiny therapy horses visit over 25,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs, assisted living programs and with families who have experienced traumatic events. From the children and first responders of Sandy Hook Elementary School / Newtown, CT to the...
Potential for the Role of School-Based Animal-Assisted Literacy Mentoring Programs
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| Contributor(s):: Lori Friesan
This article explores how current research into school-based mentorship programs might inform the adult’s role as mentor in animal-assisted literacy programs and thereby offer children a unique and valuable form of support for learning. An examination of the goals and best practices of...
Reading with Rover
Reading with Rover is a literacy program that provides services to the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Reading with Rover provides volunteers and therapy dogs to schools, libraries, and bookstores to help children with reading disabilities feel more comfortable while reading.
PJ's Pals is a reading assistance dog program that is patterned after the R.E.A.D.® Program (Reading Education Assistance Dogs)
Paws 4 Friends
Paws 4 Friends is a therapy dog club that includes a variety of people all with the goal of providing therapy dog services to their community. Paws 4 Friends is involved in many local events in order to provide therapy dog services to their community.
TN Safety Spotters
Our foal is to introduce you into the world of deaf therapy dogs. The Spotters travel the Mid-South area with owner, trainer and handler, Patricia Belt helping save the lives of children through fun, interactive safety programs. These nationally recognized 4-legged healers provide comfort,...
Therapy Animals of Southern Arizona
Therapy Animals of Southern Arizona is an all-volunteer group of Pet Partners Therapy Animal Teams, and those who support the teams, who volunteer in Tuscon and the greater Southern Arizona area. We are also a Community Partner of the national non-profit Pet Partners. After completing training...
SuperiorLand Pet Partners
Formed in 2004, SuperiorLand Pet Partners (SLPP) is a group of experienced dog handlers who provide animal assisted therapy (AAT) and animal assisted activities (AAA). The handlers and dogs are registered as pet partner teams with Delta Society, an international organization headquartered in...
TDJC: Therapy Dogs of Johnson County
Therapy Dogs of Johnson County, or TDJC provide Delta Society (now called Pet Partners) services in the communities of Iowa City, Coralville, Hills, West Branch, North Liberty and the surrounding Iowa City area. We are an 501(c)(3) nonprofit association We are a volunteer therapy dog group...
Sunshine on a Leash
Sunshine on a Leash is an informal group of dedicated registered therapy dog teams. They visit a wide variety of local facilities including hospitals, cancer centers, Assisted Living facilities, school finals programs, reading programs and Juvenile Court. Visits are both on our own or as a group.
Visiting Pet Program
Originally created in 1987, the Visiting Pet Program became an independent 501 C(3) non-profit organization in May 2000. They are the only animal assisted activity/therapy program in the Greater New Orleans Area.
R.E.A.D. Dogs Minnesota
The Reading Education Assistance Dogs® program improves children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog. R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their handler as a team, going to schools, libraries,...