A US-based program which sees dogs acting as teaching aids to better develop child literacy is now taking off in the UK.

A US-based program which sees dogs acting as teaching aids to better develop child literacy is now taking off in the UK.

The ‘Reading Education Assistance Dogs’ (R.E.A.D.) program is based on the principle that illiteracy is;

seldom a purely intellectual problem. In fact, mostly it is a cultural or social or emotional difficulty.

Learning in the presence of an uncritical, judgement-free animal is thought to boost self-esteem by allowing children to take on the role of ‘the teacher.’

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