Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Animal Advice -

Real life can be as amaz­ing as fic­tion, es­pe­cially when it comes to the power of an­i­mals. They may not be able to read them­selves but stud­ies show dogs help chil­dren with lit­er­acy prob­lems by boost­ing self­es­teem. Not-for­profit Story Dogs takes trained pups with han­dlers into pri­mary schools and helps thou­sands of kids with its free pro­gram. Be­cause the ca­nines don’t laugh or crit­i­cise, young readers are free to learn at their own pace, be­com­ing more con­fi­dent as their lit­er­acy im­proves. For info, go to sto­ry­dogs.org.au.

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