Rita the Learning Assistant Dog - At Veryan School we are lucky enough to have the assistance of Rita. Rita currently comes to school at various points throughout the term.
The main benefits of having a learning assistant dog in school:
•Children learn skills that result in better connection and relationships
•physical benefits including lower blood pressure, reduced anxiety, increased self esteem, a tendency to forget about insecurities and limitations, increased immune system
•socio-emotional support that facilitates coping, recovery, and resilience and offer comfort, affection, and a sense of security
•The presence of a companion dog in Carne class especially has helped the children to build trust in their new teacher in a relatively short period of time following a period of inconsistency, which has meant they are more relaxed and motivated to engage in their learning far earlier into the term .
Additional child/ need specific benefits;
•Increased effectiveness of thrive/TIS activities with the presence of the dog
•Physical therapy assisted by the dog for children with sensory processing needs