Animals help teach reading. The student is encouraged to read out loud to a dog or other animal trained to "listen." The dog looks at the reader or at the book and doesn't interrupt if the reader stumbles over a difficult word. Most of these programs are run by groups that also do Animal Assisted Therapy.
Salt Lake City program in which kids read to dogs. The children have shown dramatic improvement in skills, and other states are now following Utah's lead. National Geographic.
Therapy dogs lend a paw to children learning to read. The dogs don't rush the kids or interrupt them. Princeton and central New Jersey.
This library program uses dogs as listeners. Kids gain skills reading out loud. One child even read in Chinese. [Pleasanton Weekly]
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