Canine Assisted Learning

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

My son joined Unified Academy in September 2020 and it is the best educational setting for him.  As a parent, I was apprehensive about my son attending a new place, but the experience for him has been fantastic. Having had a tough time in previous schools, his attitude to attending school has been difficult. Unified Academy has changed his attitude towards school and that is thanks to the positivity of all the staff.  My son finally feels accepted and that is a great weight off my shoulders!

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