There has been talk for years about the positive effects that animal therapy has for both adults and children. Linwood High School in Renfrewshire UK has been teaming with the Pawsitive Action Charity to invite their shelter dogs into the school to spend time with children in the Kintyre learning program. The project has been successful.
The teachers have said that the children who are spending time with dogs are showing improvement in their school work, an increase in their emotional well being and the ability to show empathy towards others. There has been a lot of evidence to prove this is true after the implementation of the project began. Volunteers bring the dogs in and teach the kids basic animal care.
The children spending time with the animals have autism and other learning disabilities. The teachers have said that the program helps to boost their confidence. For those with Asperger’s syndrome, working with animals has helped to improve their communication skills, according to the teachers who spoke with the Paisley Daily Express.
The bond that the children have formed with the animals has been truly inspiring; however, the program is at risk of being terminated due to lack of funding. According to the Paisley Daily Express, it costs £50 or approximately $64.30 to transport each dog and for the volunteer’s expenses. Bosses at Renfrewshire Council are trying to access new sources of funding.
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