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Therapy Dog in School
The use of a therapy dog within the health education classroom is part of an evidence-based, trauma-informed pedagogy aimed at priming the requisite neurobiological conditions for engagement and learning. AAEdu focus on academic goals, social and emotional skills, and creating a positive school climate.
Our program originated from a needs assessment and an analysis of how a therapy dog might help to close the gaps identified. The program is tailored to meet the needs of the MSAD 51 school community. As such, program implementation and AAE interventions have evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of our school community.
Healthy People 2020 goal is to "increase the number of adolescents having an adult [or dog] with whom to discuss serious problems"
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