Children urged to read to dogs, perfect listeners

As Kevin mentioned above, last week the BBC ran an article on the Bark and Read programme.

The basis of the programme is that specially trained therapeutic dogs are taken into schools and children who have literacy problems spend time alone reading to them. Research suggests that this helps children who are nervous reading in two ways – there is a non-judgemental audience so they don’t need to worry about mistakes, and stroking the pet can help relax the child if they are nervous. More information on the Bark and Read programme, including a case study, can be found here.