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Category: Emotional Support

THERAPY DOGS AND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING: WHEN FEELINGS GO TO SCHOOL

Research states that 82% of teenagers today recognize that they suffer from medium to high stress levels during the school year, and 46% of teachers feel exposed to high stress in their daily...

MIKE NELSON AND BUBBA (part 2)

Mike Nelson and his teachers work together closely. They communicate weekly regarding the expectations the teacher has for the upcoming therapy dog visit.  Mike then offers suggestions...

BODE TO THE RESCUE!

hand to paw – relieving test anxiety It’s common for students to experience anxiety when anticipating the PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) testing, which is administered to...

SERVICE DOGS, EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOGS, THERAPY DOGS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

by Jan Reisen  Published on American Kennel Club website: July 31, 2019  Dogs have been aiding and working with humans since ancient times, in everything from farming to hunting to...

MORE SUMMER FUN DURING EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR!

Howard Barkan with Winnie and Debbie Glessner with Hannah and Heidi did ESY (extended school year) visits to Goodnoe Elementary in Council Rock School District to work with Lindsay Hawthorne’s...

WHAT OUR HOST TEACHERS ARE SAYING!

“I truly do not think there is enough time in my lifetime to fully express how much Kerrigan and Cathy Guenzel have made a difference in my classroom this year.  As I type this, I am preparing...

VIOLET HELPS SYDNEY COPE WITH GRIEF

By Carol VanSant One therapy dog job that almost everyone is familiar with is to help people manage grief. It doesn’t matter whether it is a large tragedy or an individual personal loss,...

MEET THE TEACHER: CARLA FOY

Carla Foy grew up in Bethlehem, PA. Her father was an airline pilot, and her mother owns a used/rare bookstore called The Old Library Bookshop. She has always loved children and teaching, and...

Colette’s Magic

Three years ago my life changed when my dog Colette and I joined Nor’wester Therapy Dogs. We were assigned to a third-grade classroom at Thomas Fitzwater Elementary School in the Upper Dublin...

Getting Started: Stories from a New Partnership (Part 2)

Stephanie’s Story What Carol says is true…I always wanted therapy dogs in my classroom! I used to teach in a zoo, and I have always had pets in my classroom. I was so happy when Carol,...