Sarah is a fully qualified Youth Worker and is passionate about the welfare of children and giving them the opportunity to learn in a safe and supportive environment. She has experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum and understands the many challenges this brings. Sarah is focused on understanding each child has individual needs and that being able to be flexible to those needs is very important to their progress. In the past, she has worked with teenagers with many challenges, from school refusal to relationship hurdles, and understands that connection is vital to making a difference.
Sarah enjoys being able to support young people as a team with Reef as she can combine two of her passions together. Sarah has worked with dogs for many years and has always had a strong interest in animal and human relationships. She believes the bond that can be created between the two is very powerful and can be life changing. Being able to bring this to students and young people is one of the main reasons Sarah joined Canine Comprehension and she is very excited to be part of the team.
Sarah has two children, one in late primary and the other is almost an adult. Sarah and Reef completed their AAT certification in January 2020, after Reef had previously completed similar training as an Emotional Support Dog in late 2019 and did so well. Reef is a much loved family member; he has two other dog siblings and a cat sibling at home. Sarah and her family enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors with the dogs and can often be found travelling with their camper to a new destination to explore.
Reef is Sarah S’s main therapy dog. He is an Australian Kelpie. He was born in 2017. Reef was originally trained as an Emotional Support Dog to aid with his human siblings’ anxiety at home and when out and about. Reef showed such natural talent for caring for humans that we decided to train him to be a therapy dog. Reef completed his therapy dog training in January 2020. Since his training he has been working with young people in schools and really enjoys his time seeing the students. At home Reef has two other dogs, a cat and human siblings too… he loves them all and is just as happy lazing on the couch as he is running about at the local park. When Reef isn’t working, he enjoys travelling, camping and playing any kind of ball sports. Reef’s favourite thing to do with students in the classroom is learn new tricks or to jump through hoops, he also loves to spend time on the playground.