Welcome to the New Siblands Pet Therapy Page.
Pet Therapy at New Siblands
This is Travis
This is Jess
This is Skye
These dogs visit New Siblands school with their owners on a weekly basis for a short period of time. The dogs work with children in small groups with supporting adults from the various pupil classes.
These dogs are gentle and loving with impeccable temperaments, but at the same time are full of fun and enjoyment for the children. There are many benefits for pupils working with the dogs. These include: motivating pupils to engage in an activity where they have opportunities to work on their communication and language development, responsibility for walking and grooming the dogs, and relieving anxiety whilst increasing confidence with dogs. Children can learn to overcome their fear of animals and grow in respect and appreciation for them.
During the academic year, an identified group of pupils work on specific targets with the dog. These targets are usually linked to communication and language, for example pupils give instructions using their preferred mode of communication and follow requests working with the dog.
There is also an identified group of pupils who participate in a sensory session with the dog. They can also work on communication, sensory and physical development by reaching out, touching, smoothing the dog and tracking movements.