If a child cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way he learns.
--Anna Gillingham, educator and psychologist

Monday, November 26, 2012

Reading with Rover!

Last week, the Laughlin Center was delighted to host a session of Animal Friends' Reading with Rover program! Reading with Rover aims to help kids practice their reading skills by having them read aloud to dogs. The "canine reading specialists" and their handlers provide children with a non-judgmental and supportive environment that helps to make reading a more fun and positive experience. The results are increased reading, increased fluency, and a more positive attitude toward reading.

Pictured above is Romeo, one of the Animal Friends' Canine Reading Specialists that visited the Laughlin Center last week! He truly swept us off our feet!

Animal Friends' offers various sessions of Reading with Rover programs to students in the surrounding area throughout the year, partnering with local teachers and librarians. Children are recommended by their teachers to participate in the program and read to the dog for 30 minutes a week for 2-6 weeks. All of the dog/handler teams are certified with Canine Good Citizen qualifications and are very safe and a lot of fun!

For more information Dana Schultz, M.Ed., Education Coordinator, Animal Friends 412.847.7033 | dschultz@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org 562 Camp Horne Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15237 | www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

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