Library & Holiday Programs

Other programs

Library Programs

These programs successfully work with a wide variety of children with a broad spectrum of needs and personalities. We take a holistic approach to learning. Two library programs to choose from:

1.  Reading tails

We love books and we want young people to feel the same. Focused on building confidence and reducing anxiety for reluctant readers.  Reading Tails uses the fun of Dog Assisted Education to support reluctant readers by creating a comfortable space, short bursts of reading, providing incentives, allowing students to select their books, discussing the books being read and making reading a social experience. Reading Tails is an ongoing club format, run in a library setting, usually on Saturdays or Sundays. We create a program to work with the library's specific needs therefore prices vary - contact us for a quote.

2.  Our library community 

“Libraries offer people a “third place”, separate from home or work, and are anchors of community life, facilitating creative interactions between people” (Oldenberg, 1991). We want to encourage young people to utilise that 'third place' for their wellbeing. Libraries play a vital role in our community, they are fundamentally important informational, educational, cultural, and social institutions. This 8-week program encourages students to feel a sense of that community by gathering, exploring and interacting with our Animal Assisted Education dogs and their local or school library. 

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School Holiday Programs

Single-day holiday workshops

Note: Holiday programs will commence in mid-2022

Gives young people the understanding and responsibility of pet ownership, plus the rewards that can be gained from spending time with a dog and attending to their needs. 

Expected outcomes:

  • emotional literacy,
  • mindfulness practice,
  • empathy and kindness
  • a sense of community involvement 
  • confidence building
  • understanding of well-being and self-care

Activities

Canine Comprehension will be running School Holiday programs throughout the year.

The first section -Dog agility: this first section concentrates on each participant being taught how to create and set up an agility course designed for therapy dogs. The students are then taught how to work within a team with a dog to complete the course in the fastest time. Learning outcomes: planning, communication, teamwork and persistence.

The second section - Puppy kitchen: Each student is allowed to choose four treats for their dog team member. (from the range of pre-selected treats available), the students are allowed to discuss why they chose the treats they did and why they would expect the dog to love them. The student who picks the yummiest treats according to their dog team member wins!Learning outcomes: being able to work within a team as well as finishing a task within given timeframes.

The third section - Just add dog: mediation style session where each student can lie down with their dog team member and focus on the dog breathing with their eyes closed and learn to retreat into a meditative state. Learning outcomes- the students learn how to moderate their breath, focus on their breathing and clear their minds to remain in a quiet meditative state for some time.

Forth section - Best dressed dog: the students work within a team to design an outfit for their dog team members. They use items that we supply, they then dress their dog teammate, ensuring the dog stays happy and feeling safe. Learning outcomes- Listening to one another, working as a team, being creative, and being sensitive towards the dog team members' feelings to ensure the dog is feeling secure as the team dresses them up.

Please note: Tutors and therapy dogs will vary each day, therefore, your student will experience something different each day. Your child is welcome to attend both days or just one day.

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