Partners In Rhyme.
Canines for Literacy (formerly Paws for READing) is part of the Canines for Therapy program, where certified Canines for Therapy teams help children to improve their reading and communication skills. Canines for Literacy is a affiliate program of Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.®), an Intermountain Therapy Animals program to bring the program into local schools.
For children with poor reading capabilities, reading aloud to a group
can be intimidating. Canines for Literacy teams serve as literacy mentors,
assisting children with their quiet presence
and helping them develop a love of reading in a judgment-free
Since starting the program in 2002, Canines for Therapy has provided Canines for Literacy
services to almost 500 children in New Hanover County, Brunswick and Duplin county schools and more
than 500 children through library programs and community activities. And
83% of children who have participated in Canines for Literacy have improved their reading capabilities.
Each Canines for Literacy Team is a certified Canines for Therapy
team and has completed a comprehensive training program. Following
successful certification as a Canines for Therapy team, a Canines for Literacy team shadows a current team and then completes an additional
4-hour Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.®) course.
To learn more about Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.®)
visit Intermountain Therapy Animals.
Our Canines for Literacy teams not only help to improve a child's reading skills, they also:
Motivate and support children as they practice reading aloud in the company of the dog and with the support of the dog’s handler.
Maintain focus, decrease school absenteeism and increase task persistence.
Develop a foundation for lifelong learning
Help reduce a child’s blood pressure and heart rate, helping nervous readers relax and focus.
Promote an additional way animals can make a positive difference in childs' lives.
Teach pet responsibility.