Dogs boost self esteem of early readers
Nov 9, 2011
Dogs have been known to help children who have physical disabilities, but now they are helping with emotional and mental set-backs, too, the Marshall Parthenon reports.
Reading Education Assistance Dogs is a national program that pairs volunteers and service dogs with libraries and schools to help improve children's reading skills. Jude Grumbling, who founded the organization at the Cabell County Public Library in West Virginia in 2004, said that dogs help children who are slower learners by boosting their self-esteem.
"Children who have trouble reading might eventually lose self-esteem, which might make them have zero interest in reading out loud - let alone reading all together. So I bring my therapy dog in, and one-on-one, a child will read to my dog," he told the news source.
Grumbling is not the only one to pick up on this ability of dogs. In the United Kingdom, the Kennel Club is launching a charitable foundation that will supports programs that bring dogs into classrooms to accompany children as they read, The Telegraph reports.
The first program like this, Reading Assistance Dogs, was established in the U.S. in 1999, the news source reports.