Reading aloud to dogs helps school kids

Reading aloud to dogs helps school kids

Veterinary researchers from Tufts University in the US paired school second-graders with dogs or people and asked to read aloud to them for 30 minutes every week in summer.
When the programme ended, students who read to the dogs improved their reading ability and changed their attitudes towards reading, according to a university statement.

The reading ability was measured on the curriculum-based measurement and elementary reading attitude survey respectively, while those who read to people experienced a decrease on both measures. Another surprising result was the high rate of attrition among students in the control group. A third failed to complete the programme. No students left the dog-reading group.

Students in the dog group read to canines enrolled in the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) Programme by a non-profit organisation that encourages children to read through the use of therapy animals and runs programmes at a public library.

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