Curriculum based program

Curriculum based program

Our evidence-based programs are comprehensive with lasting outcomes .

We believe in inclusiveness because this helps to form positive environments, which in turn, will create a positive educational learning space. Our specially designed, evidence- based programs successfully work with a wide variety of children with a broad spectrum of needs and personalities. We take a holistic approach to learning. We work with the teachers, parents/ carers and the students and empower them to work together as a team to teach the students the tools they need to flourish so they feel comfortable to learn. Our Animal Assisted Interventions (AAE), educated dogs support our highly trained educators to disseminate our in class programs across your school or facility. Our curriculum-based programs are aligned with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood and can be integrated easily into the essential learning program as part of your school’s curriculum.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 
 

What Teachers Say About Our Programs

Alison and Jet were fantastic in building instant rapport and trust with our students. Alison was professional, warm and direct with the facilitation of the program which suited the needs of our students. She showed flexibility and adapted to the overt presentation of students e.g. Some behavioural issues and continued with the program in a non-judgemental way. Our students responded well to the program especially to Jet who they looked forward to seeing and physically connect with eg. Patting and hugging Jet and asking him to perform tricks….Overall, a very good program.

Lynall Hall Community School: Island Campus, Youth Worker

What Students Say About Our Programs

‘Being calm and doing work’.

Student, Grade 7

A Success Story