Our Dogs Relax Students
SO THEY CAN COPE WITH LIFE'S CHALLENGES
Students suffering from the loss of a parent or who struggle with stress, anxiety or depression are provided with much-needed support and compassion from our therapy dog teams in the Secondary School Stress Relief (formerly High School Student Support) program. This program began as a pilot program in December 2015 at the request of Central Bucks High School administrators has had tremendous impact.
Central Bucks students who participate in bereavement support groups not only report feeling confident and less anxious when sharing a painful experience, but also noticed that they are happier and in a better mood throughout the rest of their day and they attribute this to their interaction with a therapy dog.
Benefits to Children
The impact of our visits with students who are in Stress Management classes has been extremely profound. For these students, who need assistance coping with everyday life stressors, the opportunity to decompress and relax with a calm, gentle therapy dog is incredibly beneficial. These sessions allow students to remove themselves from all of their worries and just be in the moment, stress-free.
Central Bucks High School East, Central Bucks High School West, and Central Bucks High School South
Sharon Fleck, Director of Secondary School Stress Relief Program