Reading help from 4-legged friends


For some children, reading feels more like a chore than an adventure, but some four-legged friends are helping to change that perception.

Now, “Listening dogs” are helping children read. The Guardian reported on a program in the U.K. that is modeled after America’s Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ).

Utah-based Intermountain Therapy Animals, a nonprofit organization, launched READ. in 1999 as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of reading to dogs.

According to READ’s website, there are currently thousands of registered READ teams working throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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