ERIC Number: EJ890067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Reference Count: 0
Cockapoos in the Classroom: Providing Unique Learning Opportunities for Children with Autism
Stone, Brenda H.
Exceptional Parent, v40 n5 p24-25 May 2010
Michael is a 6-year-old boy with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). He and the other children in his class have delays in their verbal and nonverbal communication skills and difficulty with social interactions. Higgins and Eliza are two lovable cockapoos who help young children with ASD learn new words, expand the length of their sentences, try new activities, and interact with the world around them. The dogs' presence in the preschool/kindergarten classroom creates an atmosphere of loving acceptance, improves the children's attention and focus, and enhances the students' ability to learn. In this article, the author shares how the Cockapoos in the Classroom program help children with autism improve their communication skills, as well as enhance their social skills. The author mentions that relationships with animals are more straightforward and less complex than relationships with human beings, and she has observed that children with ASD are more openly affectionate to Higgins and Eliza than they are to other children.
Descriptors: Autism, Kindergarten, Communication Skills, Animals, Young Children, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Verbal Communication, Communication Problems, Interpersonal Competence, Vocabulary Development, Preschool Children, Educational Environment, Student Motivation, Program Effectiveness, Special Needs Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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