Dogs are more than just good companions.Byline: BUILDING YOUTH ASSETS By Anne Kraft For The Register-Guard
I have always felt a special connection with animals, but it was while I was working at an emergency youth shelter that I first realized the power animals can have on people.
The runaway and homeless young people took in a stray dog that had been wandering the street behind the shelter. The dog, with his wagging tail and smiling brown eyes Brown Eyes (브라운 아이즈) was a Korean musical duo, specializing in ballads. Although both members have powerful voices, they were initially disregarded because of their physical looks. , caused the youths' previously prickly prickly
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Since then, I've sought ways to re-create this experience. My dog Hanai and I are a registered Delta Society Delta Society
an international, non-profit organization promoting the human-animal bond through the use of animal-assisted activities and therapies. Pet Partner team. This program trains and screens volunteers and their pets to conduct animal-assisted activities in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation rehabilitation: see physical therapy. centers, schools and elsewhere.
I'm also a board member for a local Delta Society affiliate group, People and Animals Who Serve. More than 35 registered pet partner teams make up PAAWS PAAWS Pet Anti-Aging Wellness System
PAAWS People Advocating Animal Welfare Services (Moorhead, Minnesota) . Among many other important services, PAAWS teams participate in an innovative children's literacy program called Reading Education Assistance Dogs. READ's mission is to improve children's literacy skills by using a unique approach: reading to a dog.
Located between mountains or mountain systems, especially lying between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada or Cascade Range in the western United States. Therapy Animals, based in Salt Lake City, started this program, which can be used in schools, libraries and other settings and uses registered therapy animals that have been specially trained and tested for health, safety, skills and temperament. As of last May, there were more than 550 READ teams across the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and Canada helping children fall in love with reading. READ teams offer children an often irresistible opportunity to improve their reading in a setting that has proven not only effective but fun!
Since piloting the first local READ program in 2003, Elaine Pray, a PAAWS board member and local READ program coordinator, estimates that READ teams have made more than 1,000 visits to children in Lane County. PAAWS has partnered with the Eugene Recreation Services Department's after-school and summer programs and the Eugene Public Library. Every week, trained READ teams visit local elementary schools elementary school: see school. and the library's Saturday Dog Tale Times.
The Search Institute has identified 40 developmental assets for childhood. These assets are `building blocks of healthy development that can help children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.' Reading for pleasure and early literacy are among those assets. Through the READ program, children are encouraged to not only develop basic reading skills, but also enjoy reading as a pleasurable pastime.
Difficulties with reading often represent a vicious cycle Noun 1. vicious cycle - one trouble leads to another that aggravates the first
positive feedback, regeneration - feedback in phase with (augmenting) the input : The child who says, `I hate reading!' practices less, fails to gain confidence and fluency, and has an aversion a·ver·sion
1. A fixed, intense dislike; repugnance, as of crowds.
2. A feeling of extreme repugnance accompanied by avoidance or rejection. to reading all the more.
On Saturdays at the library, one of my dog Hanai's favorite readers is a young girl I'll call Shanti
Shanti (from Sanskrit शािन्त śāntiḥ) can mean:
Research with therapy animals indicates that children with low self-esteem are often more willing to interact with an animal than another person. They focus better when an animal is present, and refer back to the session many times in later conversations. Further, during interactions with therapy animals, children are inclined to forget about their limitations. Children find reading to a dog less intimidating in·tim·i·date
tr.v. in·tim·i·dat·ed, in·tim·i·dat·ing, in·tim·i·dates
1. To make timid; fill with fear.
2. To coerce or inhibit by or as if by threats. . A dreaded reading experience can be transformed into something positive, rewarding and fun.
Anne Kraft (email@example.com) is a founding board member of PAAWS (www.peopleandanimalswhoserve.org). She and her dog have been registered Delta Society Pet Partners (www.deltasociety.org) since 2001. This is the 12th in a series of biweekly columns about ways of helping young people acquire the assets they need for a healthy, productive lives. More information is available from www.search-institute.org or www.lanecounty.org/prevention.