Canine Assisted Learning (CAL) provides an opportunity for pupils to spend time and learn with trained therapy dogs, within small groups and on a 1:1 basis.
It has been proven that within educational settings, the presence of a therapy dog within the classroom, can reduce blood pressure, promote physical healing, reduce anxiety, fatigue and depression, as well as provide emotional and academic support.
The positive impact of delivering CAL at Unified Academy is demonstrated by pupils’ saying that spending time with the therapy dog made them feel, “happy and relaxed”.
Spending some quality time with the therapy dog
Reading with the therapy dog
Group work – reading a play script aloud