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Animal assisted activities

Published Tuesday 11th of December 2018 02:19:30 PM

Our animal assisted activities programme is exciting, fun and brings our young people enormous benefits. Animals are non-judgmental, and interacting with them can give your child confidence and skills without being aware that they are learning. We’ve found that dogs make excellent listeners, so if your child is a reluctant reader we may encourage them to read aloud to a dog. One child has learned to wait by throwing a ball to a dog out on the Meadow, and waiting for it to bring the ball back. Others have learned to overcome their fear of dogs with our phobia training. We volunteer in Dean Park, walking dogs and feeding animals, including goats, rabbits and lambs. We have regular visits from the ‘animal man’, who brings us ducks, rats, snakes and giant snails. One of our young people is fascinated by reptiles, so we visit specialist pet shops with him, and ask him to share his knowledge with his classmates. We follow GIRFEC AND SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time bound) Framework for Animal Assisted Activitie
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