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Read to a Dog!Posted Friday, December 17, 2010, at 2:38 PM
Grant loves to listen to stories!
Reading to dogs offers children who struggle with their skills the opportunity to read to a non-judgmental listener. Struggling readers are often embarrassed to read in front of their peers, though a dog will never criticize or laugh at them if they stumble or make a mistake. Research on Animal Assisted Therapy and Activities also shows that the presence of an animal encourages relaxation, lowering blood pressure and heart rate. Animals make people less self-conscious, and cause them to focus less on limitations and pain. Children that formerly did not enjoy reading often begin to look forward to sessions with a furry friend. As they start associating time spent with the dog with reading, they begin to view reading in a positive light. In time, the child's reading ability and confidence can improve because they are practicing their skills in a comfortable environment, which will make them enjoy reading even more.
The Tales with Tails program is FREE to the public. Grant's readers sign up for weekly 1/2 hour time slots for six consecutive weeks. Readers can sign up again for another six weeks if there is an opening. If you are interested in enrolling a reader, or more information on the library's Tales with Tails program, contact the library's Special Project Coordinator Aimee Clark (yours truly) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-338-4643.
For more information on Grant and the Tales with Tails program, visit Grant's page on the Milford Library's website at the following link: Grant the Library Dog.
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Aimee graduated from Spencer High School in 1994, and then moved to a large city on the west coast. She returned to Spencer in 2007. Aimee spent more than a decade in veterinary medicine and dog training, and now works in a public library. She lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a cat.
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