Children’s Programs

A big THANK YOU to Royal Canin for providing our Child Certified teams with lovely new blankets. Our teams focus on providing a relaxed and comfortable environment for visits which usually mean the dog,  the child and the handler all sit together on the floor – now we can do so in style!
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Paws To Read ®

Paws To Read ® matches child certified therapy dogs and handlers with children who struggle to read.

Kids read to the dogs and are encouraged to pick books they think the dog would like to hear. Our dogs provide undivided attention to the kids as they read aloud.

Studies have shown that reading to dogs encourages confidence and boosts self-esteem in children who struggle to read aloud in class, therefore boosting their literacy.

Paws Rooms

Although PAWS Rooms are more often held in Universities and Colleges , our Child Certified teams may visit Secondary Schools to provide stress-reducing visits and a way to refocus around exam time.

Special programs
Many of our teams provide support to special needs classrooms in both elementary and secondary school. The tasks they perform vary greatly depending on the needs of the individual students however the underlying principle continues to be the presence of the pets improving the quality of life for students and staff alike.

More Information
For more information about our Children’s Programs please contact your local team leader . If you can not find a team leader in your community please contact Michele Peddle.

Email: michele.peddle@sympatico.ca

FULL INFORMATION PACKAGE ON CHILDREN'S PROGRAM (Click to download) - TPOC Children's Programs

TPOC Childrens Programs
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Kid reading 'Where the Wild Things Are' with a dog
A girl, a dog and some volunteers