NHSNA received an email just today about Therapy Dogs, so I will post it here for you to review and on our members only page.
I don't know if it will answer any of your specific questions but it looks like good info.
EMAIL RECEIVED FROM:
Jerilee A. Zezula, D.V.M.Associate Professor Emeritus, Applied Animal ScienceThompson School of Applied Science, UNHElderPet, Treasurer and Service Coordinator http://www.elderpet.org/
There is a new book that has come out that I am recommending to educators which is useful:
How Animals Help Students Learn: Research and Practice for Educators and Mental-Health Professionals
The READ program is and always was great, but Pet Partners will no longer let us use them. We MUST use their Read with Me program, which is not as good.
Attached are a couple of research articles as well.
If you want more, this is a great website:
Our school is currently in the process of finishing a policy to have a therapy dog available to students during the school day for next year.
While the dog is hypoallergenic, I would like to add a question on my annual student health update (which is mailed in the summer) for parents/guardians to address any concerns they may have about the dog being in their child's classroom.
Does anyone have verbage to address this?
Thank you in advance for any thoughts!
Dunbarton Elementary school