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ERIC Number: EJ903029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Pet Therapy: A New Way of Reaching Students with Additional Disabilities
Mockler, Kimberly
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v11 n1 p23-24 Spr-Sum 2010
In this article, the author discusses pet therapy, using therapy dogs, as a new way of reaching students with additional disabilities. Therapy dogs aid in instruction in a variety of ways. They are particularly suited to work with preschool-aged children and special needs populations where the curriculum most easily can incorporate a therapy dog into lessons. With these two populations, therapy dogs can assist with teaching eye contact (a vital lesson within classrooms for the deaf), turn taking (i.e., playing a game of fetch or Hide-and-Seek with the dog), and fine motor skills (i.e., brushing the dog and pouring water into a bowl for him or her). While most therapy dogs are hearing and trained auditorally, there are some deaf therapy dogs and hearing therapy dogs who are trained visually (using American Sign Language, standard obedience hand signals, or a combination of the two). These visually trained dogs are ideal therapy dogs for classrooms with deaf and hard of hearing students.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York