This article dated 14 April 2015 in The Washington Post by Denise Daniels, a child development and parenting expert specializing in the social and emotional development of children. is right on the money and exactly what we are promoting with our dog assisted learning work.
The article notes that dogs in family units help children
It's worth reading the entire article, which can be found here.
But of course we are really interested in #5 - learn to read.
The article puts it like this -
"Really. Reading dramatically expands a child’s understanding of the experiences and emotions of others, but learning to read can be stressful. And while reading out loud is critical for literacy, it can be torture for a kid who’s intimidated or embarrassed. The answer? Read to your pet. With an endlessly patient animal, children can go at their own pace and sound out difficult words with no fear of judgment. Lori Friesen of the University of Alberta has studied the use of therapy dogs to promote literacy learning in classrooms, including with her own dog, Tango, in her second-grade classroom. Friesen notes that “situational interest,” such as adding the novelty of a dog to a learning environment, can help capture children’s attention. Therapy dogs in particular offer a “multi-sensory learning experience.” They’re sociable, respond eagerly to humans and “possess a capacity for limited comprehension of oral language.” That helps."
So, we are onto something here at Canine Comprehension. If you would like help in training your dog to sit with your child, or English tutoring with canine coaches, contact us.
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