Can Reading To Therapy Dogs Improve Literacy In Students?
Tufts University conducted a new study which found that second-grade students who read out loud to therapy dogs in a classroom setting had improved literacy and better attitudes about reading in general. One group of students read to a therapy dog for 30 minutes once a week for six weeks while the control group maintained normal class curriculum. Reading skills were assessed biweekly by researchers as well as student's attitudes about reading. Research assistant Deborah Linder said, "Our results suggest that reading to dogs in an academic setting has the potential to provide motivation, which will help inform future research into this animal-assisted intervention."
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