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  1. Effect of a Canine-Assisted Read Aloud Intervention on Reading Ability and Physiological Response: A Pilot Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Suk-Chun Fung

    The aim of this study was to determine whether there is an increase in the reading fluency and accuracy of three lower performing third-graders after participating in a canine-assisted read-aloud program, as well as an increase in the relaxation level during and after the program. This study...

  2. Turning the Page for Spot: The Potential of Therapy Dogs to Support Reading Motivation Among Young Children

    | Contributor(s):: Rousseau, Camille Xinmei, Tardif-Williams, Christine Yvette

    This study investigated whether dogs might facilitate a context conducive to reading for children when they are faced with a challenging reading passage. A within-subjects design was used to assess children’s motivation to read in two conditions: with a therapy dog and without a therapy dog....

  3. Dogs in Schools: The Impact of Specific Human–Dog Interactions on Reading Ability in Children Aged 6 to 8 Years

    | Contributor(s):: Connell, Chantelle G., Tepper, Deanna L., Landry, Oriane, Bennett, Pauleen C.

    Dog-assisted educational programs, including reading programs, are becoming an area of research focus, based on claims of various advantages for children. However, while available findings typically indicate benefits for the children involved, the low quality of evidence makes it difficult to...

  4. Low-Ability Secondary School Students Show Emotional, Motivational, and Performance Benefits when Reading to a Dog Versus a Teacher

    | Contributor(s):: Barber, Olivia, Proops, Leanne

    Some research shows that reading to a dog can positively impact both reading attainment and attitude to reading in school children; however, most research to date has focused on primary school-aged children (4–11 years). In this study we used a series of comparisons to assess the immediate...

  5. Die effek van 'n troeteldier-ondersteunde leesprogram op woordherkenningsvaardighede van graad 3-kinders

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    | Contributor(s):: Marieanna le Roux, Leslie Swartz, Estelle Swart

    Die doel van die huidige studie was om die effek van ’n troeteldier-ondersteunde leesprogram (TOL) op die woordherkenningsvaardighede van graad 3-kinders te bepaal. Al die kinders wat met behulp van die ESSI Leestoets as nievaardige lesers (N=102) geïdentifiseer is, is ewekansig...

  6. Minor Immediate Effects of a Dog on Children's Reading Performance and Physiology

    | Contributor(s):: Lisa Schretzmayer, Kurt Kotrschal, Andrea Beetz

    Literacy is a key factor in occupational success and social integration. However, an increasing number of children lack appropriate reading skills. There is growing evidence that dogs have positive effects on reading performance. We investigated the short-term effects of dogs on reading...

  7. Children Reading to Dogs: A Systematic Review of the Literature

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    | Contributor(s):: Hall, S. S., Gee, N. R., Mills, D. S.

    Background Despite growing interest in the value of human-animal interactions (HAI) to human mental and physical health the quality of the evidence on which postulated benefits from animals to human psychological health are based is often unclear. To date there exist no systematic reviews on...

  8. Physiological responses of college students to a pet

    | Contributor(s):: Wilson, C. C.

  9. Animal-assisted therapy - magic or medicine?

    | Contributor(s):: Odendaal, J. S.

  10. A Basket of Puppies ... Well, Almost [From the Editor]

    | Contributor(s):: Borman, Laurie D.

  11. Otterly Irresistible: iREAD® on the River

    | Contributor(s):: Otter, Pawly

  12. Borje At The Front Desk

    | Contributor(s):: Syvala, Maria

  13. Read to Succeed

    | Contributor(s):: Fischer, Samantha

  14. PulseBeats

  15. Picture Books Aren't Just Fun

    | Contributor(s):: O'Neill, Daniela

  16. 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...

  17. Books, Children, Dogs, Artists: Library Programs for the Entire Family

    | Contributor(s):: Haver, Mary Katherine

  18. Dog Therapy 101. (cover story)

    | Contributor(s):: Inklebarger, Timothy

  19. Indirect (dog) therapy [Letter to the Editor]

    | Contributor(s):: Krashen, Stephen

  20. The Effect of an Animal-Assisted Reading Program on the Reading Rate, Accuracy and Comprehension of Grade 3 Students: A Randomized Control Study

    | Contributor(s):: le Roux, Marieanna, Swartz, Leslie, Swart, Estelle