Birchensale Middle School is delighted to inform you that we have registered for the Pets As Therapy READ 2 DOGS programme, which is designed to give pupils the opportunity to increase their confidence of, and enjoyment in reading.

Introduction from Birchensale’s PAT Dog Dotty

How it works

Most adults are apprehensive about speaking in public. It is very daunting. Young people are no different. Research shows that young people can become nervous and stressed when reading to others in a group. However, when a PAT Dog enters the group, they often become less stressed, less self-conscious and more confident as the dogs are non-judgemental. Before long the young people are starting to look forward to the reading experience as they are going to read to their new friend, the PAT Dog. PAT Dogs provide comfort, encourage positive social behaviours, enhance self-esteem, motivate speech and inspire young people to have fun.

Please follow the link below if you wish to read more on PAT dogs.