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Pets As Therapy ('PAT') Dog

 

Our Primary students have been very fortunate to have weekly visits from a Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog.  When a PAT dog enters the group, children often become less stressed, less self-conscious and more confident as dogs are non-judgemental.  Before long the young people are starting to look forward to the reading experience as they are going to read to their new friend, the PAT Dog.  We have found this to be the case at Muntham House, with the primary students enjoying weekly visits from Blossom the Burnese Mountain dog and her owner Debbie.  PAT Dogs like Blossom provide comfort, encourage positive social behaviours, enhance self-esteem, motivate speech and inspire young people to have fun.  The teacher remains in charge of the reading sessions at all times.  The students are be selected by their teachers as those who would benefit most from this intervention; normally young people who lack confidence, or have difficulty with reading or have an attention deficit.  The sessions for each young person are usually 15/20 minutes long and have been enjoyed by all.

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  • Muntham House School,
  • Barns Green,
  • Horsham,
  • West Sussex,
  • RH13 0NJ
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  • Phone:
  • 01403 730302
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