Pets As Therapy
Which children benefit?
At Cranfield Church of England Academy a wide range of children visit our Pets as Therapy dog, Harris (and his owner Margot).
- Children who are reluctant to read, including those with special educational needs e.g. autistic spectrum disorder, selective mutism, learning difficulties, emotional and social difficulties, speech, language and communication difficulties.
- Children who are experiencing emotional distress due to circumstances in their home lives.
- Children who benefit from the confidence they develop by building a relationship with Margot and Harris.
What does a session look like?
Margot and Harris visit school once a week and the children meet them in a quiet room. They are supported by a member of school staff. The children share their books with Margot and Harris and then have a chat about the story and about things that have happened since they last met. Some children read individually, whilst others share a book with her in a small group. Margot and Harris also visit our Shooting Stars group and share storied with them.
Quotes from some of the children who have taken part in the READ 2 DOGS programme:
- "Harris the P.A.T. dog is really friendly and he enjoys listening to me read him stories. I think he looks forward to our sessions as much as I do”.
- “Reading to Harris is one of my favourite parts of the week. I like to read to him because it makes us both feel happy. I like giving him carrots to eat as well!”
- “I think my reading is getting much better.”
- “I love Harris and Margot – they make me feel happy”.