ACCESS-ABILITY Volume3_Issue2 - Page 14

Th e m ain object ive of t h is pr ogr am is t o pr ovide a r elaxed an d ?dog-f r ien dly ? at m osph er e, w h ich allow s st u den t s t o pr act ice t h e sk ill of r eadin g. By sit t in g dow n n ext t o a dog an d r eadin g t o t h e dog, all t h r eat s of bein g ju dged ar e pu t aside. Th e ch ild r elaxes, pat s t h eir can in e f r ien d, an d f ocu ses on t h e r eadin g. Readin g im pr oves becau se t h e ch ild is pr act icin g t h e sk ill of r eadin g, bu ildin g self -est eem , an d associat in g r eadin g w it h som et h in g pleasan t .