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The Dogs Who Listen To Children Reading

By Gerard @presurfer
The Dogs Who Listen To Children Reading
When children read to him, Danny does not criticise or correct their pronunciation. He just nods and pricks up an ear. Danny is a greyhound and a novel way of encouraging pupils at Oakhill primary school in Tamworth, Staffordshire, to read aloud. A 'listening dog', he is part of a scheme that originated in the US called Reading Education Assistance Dogs.
It helps with their self-esteem in reading out loud because he is non-judgmental, says the dog's owner, Tony Nevett, who has a degree in animal-assisted therapy. He doesn't judge them and he doesn't laugh at them. He's just a tool - the children don't realise they are reading, which they might not have the confidence to do in class. Danny received five months of training to become a Read Dog.The Presurfer

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