School Programs and English Tutoring with a happy assistant.
Teachers often ask us to send them information about what Canine Comprehension does so I thought I would give you a quick run down.
What is Canine Comprehension?
English tutoring able to offer a unique and fun approach to children's literacy. We use Animal Assisted trained Therapy dogs to assist in the learning experience, creating lessons that kids enjoy and remember.
What the kids get out of it:
What we offer schools:
All our interactions focuses on measurable learning goals (previously discussed with the teacher) that are achieved when we use a dog as a tool to encourage a positive attitude to school and motivate students to learn. Sometimes the dogs are available to pat and wag their tail, sometimes they are demonstrating a trick to help teach kids about how we learn, other times they are encouraging quiet time through doggie massage and matching our breathing techniques.
Whole Class Activities
This is an opportunity for students to work at their literacy skills with a friendly and motivated teaching professional and AAT literacy dog.
Sarah, in conjunction with the classroom teacher plans a lesson which focuses on improving literacy, while using the dogs to encourage positive attitude to their studies. Lesson ideas are: reading out loud, tips to improve NAPLAN, comprehension guidance, brainstorming, writing an essay and planning your schedule.
Small Group Activities
Sarah and a Canine Coach is able to work with small groups to reach students who struggle in larger settings. Sarah is able to maintain a dialogue with students, often using the Literacy Dogs as an easy starting point to conversation and adapt the learning activities as needed in response to students’ reactions, comments, or difficulties.
This is a special opportunity for students to see the dogs at their goofy best! Minnie loves to shake hands and cuddle, while Oscar enjoys showing off his new tricks. This is also a time that we ensure everyone has a friend to play with. We have seen an increase in basic communication skills and manners when the canine coaches are part of the lunch time fun.
If you would like to know more, please explore our website.
As there is information on us, our methods, blogs about what we have been getting up to and price lists.
We'd love to hear from you school and set up a meeting.
Having a dog work around children requires that dog to have the highest standards of training, cleanliness and manners. This blog will be covering the cleanliness part.
Minnie and Oscar are seeing three groups of clients today. They will be heading into two homes and one Vet clinic. At Canine Comprehension we have a routine that the dogs go through to make sure they are neat, clean and tidy before every interaction.
Our Process goes something like this:
It is important to remember that Animal Assisted Therapy dogs are not simply pets brought from one home into another. A great deal of time is put into making sure procedures are in place to provide a professional, clean and safe service to our students.
Sometimes the hardest part is keeping the dogs clean between jobs. Last week the three of us went to lunch in the park between students and Minnie and Oscar found the most enticing puddle, they were so disappointed that I wouldn't let them splash around!
Looking for something to do with the kids on this public holiday?
Spend time at Rainy Day Books, The Basin.
We are looking forward to our next Reading Corner and we hope to see you and your kids there.
Minnie and Oscar will be encouraging reading sessions as well as getting involved in:
This is a free event, so grab a coffee at one of the awesome cafes and pop into Rainy Day Books for some reading fun with your kids!
If you would like more information please call:
0421 490 188
Rainy Day Books
Canine Comprehension is a English tutoring business that encourages children to enjoy reading and study harder. The ‘tools’ we use to motivate children are Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) dogs.
Animal-assisted therapy, at its most basic, means including animals in therapeutic work with humans. Dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, horses, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, pot-bellied pigs and birds can all be used in therapy animal work. There are many ways that animals can be included when working with humans, such as:
When a professional incorporates an animal into their therapeutic practice, they are using the animal to assist in achieving certain goals, for example, they may incorporate the use of a dog to explore and draw out issues of anger or attachment. Physical therapists may use handling of a small animal or grooming a horse in a motor-skills programme, or dog walking in a fitness or strength-training programme.
At Canine Comprehension we use the AAT dogs to in two main ways
If you would like to more about AAT, check out these websites or contact us:
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