Our Dogs Make Special Connections
IN CLASSROOMS WHERE READING IS NOT THE FOCUS
In classes where reading is not the focus, our certified pet therapy teams provide comfort and support for children with special educational and developmental needs. These classes include Autistic Support, Multiple Disability Support, and Life Skills. While many of these children are non-verbal, or have limited mobility, our dogs are able to form special connections with them and help them developmentally and emotionally.
For a child with special needs, relaxation can be more difficult to achieve. This is where our certified therapy dogs come in. Dogs are able to reach these children on a level that humans often cannot. Dogs are also innately trusting and want to be accepted, just like children. They don’t see disabilities or limitations. A few hours a day or even a week with a therapy dog can do wonders for a child with special needs.
Our support for these students does not stop in June. Often, in order to truly continue to develop and not experience setbacks, specialized support is needed all year long. Roxy teams provide this much needed support through the Extended School Year program in Central Bucks School District ensuring that students do not experience any gaps in their education.
Benefits to the Children
Research shows that magical things happen when a child interacts with a therapy dog. Anxiety levels decrease, heart beat slows, breathing becomes deeper and more relaxed, and fears are forgotten.
Elementary Schools in the Central Bucks School District including: Bridge Valley, Buckingham, Cold Spring, Kutz and Pine Run
Phyllis Mikolaj, Director of Schools