Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

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  • Read 2 Dogs

    Launched in 2010, Read2Dogs is a scheme developed to help children gain confidence in reading. Some school children find reading in front of their classmates and teacher daunting and can become nervous and stressed, however when a Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog enters the group, they often become less stressed and self-conscious, relaxing as the dogs are non-judgemental. PAT Dogs provide comfort, encourage positive social behaviours, enhance self-esteem, motivate speech and inspire young people to have fun. It has been proven to help children gain confidence and they enjoy and benefit greatly from the reading experience. The students are selected by their teachers as those who would benefit most from this intervention. We are delighted to welcome Luna (a Pets as Therapy dog) into school with her owner on Wednesday mornings to share some books with us.