By reading to a therapy dog, children are able to improve their reading skills in a unique and fun environment, where they forget their limitations and develop a “can-do” attitude. A study done at Bennion Elementary School in Salt Lake City, where children read one-on-one with a therapy dog for 20 minutes once per week, showed improved reading levels, as well as improved self-confidence, a sense of pride for their accomplishments, a willingness to get involved in other activities, and more respectful and kind interactions with animals.
Join the L.E.A.P. volunteers (both human and canine) at the library on Mondays for a wonderful opportunity to improve your child’s reading skills and confidence. For more information, call (302) 645-9010.