Curriculum based program
Our evidence-based programs are comprehensive with lasting outcomes .
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1. Communication on the inside and out
Throughout our programs we teach students to develop an awareness and understanding of verbal and non-verbal communication indicators. We work with indicators as tone of voice, body language, facial gestures plus vocal conversations. Our program also highlights the inner voice that we all experience and how we can channel our inner voice from hearing only negativity into positivity.
2. Friendship and Responsibility
Through our programs, we teach children a sense of empathy by understanding the needs of a dog and the relationships that can be formed between animal and human. This understanding that dogs need emotional support and caring helps students to respond to the needs of the dog and in turn, begin to understand that life is about positive experiences and relationships whether with humans or animals.
3. Embrace the Change
For many children change can be excruciating and scary, for example moving schools. It can be a paralysing feeling. Through an innovatively designed program, we can work with the family, the student and new school to minimise those feelings of anxiousness and trepidation.
We can educate schools to look for triggers in students that would benefit from one of our tailored programs.
4. Grief and loss
During our life, we all, unfortunately, experience loss and sadness. It is the grief that can take over our wellbeing and we begin to experience negative feelings and emotions. The inclusion of our trained tutors and support dogs helps the participant to relax and open up about the feelings they are experiencing. Our Animal Assisted Intervention dogs offer a non-judgemental space that can relax and encourage a participant to process their feelings and begin to understand how to function and grow alongside these feelings.
5. 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.
6. 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 utalise that 'third place' for their own 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.
7. Flexible Thinking
This is our most flexible program. Although this program does not have a pre written curriculum, it is supported by our pedagogy text, which guides the tutors to run activities that respond to your students needs through AAI play and learning. The focus of this program is to help your students gain a feeling of calm and confidence, so they can walk back into the classroom with a positive mindset.View our Schedule Structure for Programs
What Teachers Say About Our Programs
While I've always known on one level the health benefits that can be experienced when people have access to pets, over the past 6 months i have witnessed the profound positive impact that pet therapy sessions can have on increasing a child's engagement with school. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child who was previously resistant to attending school not only be enthusiastic about coming to be involved in the pet therapy sessions but actively involved and challenging themselves through competing the activities that are presented to them.
Sarah has a beautiful way of relating to the students needs and interests and weaves this through their interactions with the dog and the learning tasks she plans for them. I've watched as the student has gained more and more confidence in themselves and their own ability through training Oscar to do tricks and then build on this confidence by engaging in increasing amounts with the regular school program. The flow on benefits for the rest of our students as well have been huge and everyone's feelings get a lift when Sarah and Oscar walk into the school grounds.
I can't speak highly enough of the program that Sarah provides and am now looking at ways in which more of our students can benefit from the program she provides. It is said that a picture paints a thousand words and to see the huge smile that lights up my students face each time Sarah and Oscar are here is worth every moment and dollar I spend in the program."
What Students Say About Our Programs
"Thanks so much Gemma and George for working with us each week. You made us feel important and helped us to learn strategies to work through our problems. We loved teaching George some tricks and he is so caring and gentle. The CC program was the highlight of our week!"
Student - Whittlesea.