Welcome to this course!
Research shows that the inclusion of therapy dog teams in classroom settings has a beneficial effect on student learning, self-esteem and concentration (Kirnan, 2016).
This website and its attachments and links will equip you with the background, skills and tools you need to effectively incorporate animal-assisted activities in your classroom.
First, complete this computer based training, including the activities and self-proctored examination.
Then, use the tools and techniques you have learned to develop a meaningful instructional strategy that engages and encourages students!
At the conclusion of the training, participants will:
Understand the proven benefits of animal assisted therapy in the classrooms
Learn how therapy dogs affect learning behaviors of a diverse range of students
Learn about classroom activities and assignments that can be enhanced with the inclusion of a therapy pet
Create their own outlines for a therapy pet classroom activity