Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dogs Can Help Children Become Better Readers

A recently released study demonstrates what has already been known anecdotally: children can become better readers when they regularly read aloud to dogs. One study found that children's reading fluency improved by 12 percent while a second demonstrated a 30 percent improvement.

Curious and want to know more? Check out the R.E.A.D. program which is offered through the Intermountain Therapy Animals. Live in New England and interested in bringing a pet partner team to your classroom or library? Check out New England Pet Partners. If you're the patient sort you can wait until I am old enough to take my therapy dog test: than you can schedule some time with me, Magnolia Wigglesworth.

Here are a few clips about dogs used in reading programs. If you have some spare time check the box on the lower right hand side of your screen entitled Therapy Dogs in Action. There are nearly 30 clips there about therapy dogs in all sorts of different situations.

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