August 7th, 2008

Children Enhance Reading Skills When Tutoring with Taylor, The Therapy Dog

by Jacqueline Whitmore

My yellow lab, Taylor, is a certified therapy dog and has been spending the dog days of summer at the West Palm Beach Public Library, where she tutors children. The children each have the opportunity to spend up to15 minutes reading to Taylor every Saturday morning. They enjoy Taylor because she is a good listener and doesn’t judge them if they make a mistake or mispronounce a word. According to a segment on MSNBC, it is becoming a trend for therapy dogs to visit public libraries and classrooms to tutor children in reading. To watch the segment, go to: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#26011422. These programs are having positive results and the children are reading more words per minute.

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