Shortly we will be beginning a new program where a member of staff will be bringing their dog into school as a Therapy Dog.
We have found at our primary site that having a therapy dog attend has a significant effect on pupil well being, mental health and general behaviour. People diagnosed with a range of issues, such as, bipolar disorder, autism, ADHD, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), benefit from their interaction with therapy dogs and other companion animals.
Sometimes, emotional challenges are the result of physical health problems, and therapy dogs can help with those as well. Studies have shown that such interactions can increase the mood-boosting hormone oxytocin and decrease the stress hormone cortisol.
The therapy dog is called Bella and she is a 10 month old‘Shorkie,’ a cross between a yorkie and a shih-tzu and Bella is Mr Blenkharn’s best friend.
Access to the therapy dog will be controlled, But if you have any problems or issues with your child having access to Bella could you contact the school.
Family Support and Deputy Safeguarding Lead