How Dogs Inspire Learning
Reading fluency and comprehension advance, particularly for dyslexic students, due to the calming,
non-judgmental nature of a loving dog.
Speech skills strengthen by articulating specific words/sentences that include a variety of cues as the dog responds.
Executive function can be fostered through multi-step games/skills with dog, requiring memory and organization.
Spacial awareness develops through directional games that have been previously taught to the dog.
Anxiety and depression are reduced through consistent, gentle, reliable friendship.
ADHD symptoms diminish as students interact in an even, deliberate manner, resulting in self-calming.
Gross motor skills advance by having a dog participate in physical activities involving throwing, catching, balance and coordination.
Fine motor skills progress by attaching and detaching fasteners, buttons, velcro and snaps for doggy dress up.
Play practice can take on a new meaning when one of the characters is a live, loving dog in costume!
Self-confidence soars when students cue the dog to do skills and tricks with immediate response.