Dottie the dog is changing lives at the Winston School in Del Mar, CA. According to Sandy Snodgrass, the parent of a student and a full-time volunteer, “I never imagined the results of Animal Assisted Therapy could be this powerful. Dottie's daily calendar is full with scheduled appointments with students. I would rather be working with Dottie at The Winston School than anywhere else each day.”
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At The Winston School in Del Mar, California, a middle school student with autism remains in his classroom for the entire duration of math class while occasionally petting the fluffy head of the Facility Dog (Dottie) in the room. His normal behavior would be frequently leaving the classroom or asking repeatedly to go to the bathroom.
A high school student with Asperger's Syndrome calmly walks from the bus to his first class in the morning while holding Dottie's leash and walking beside her. He would normally resist verbally and physically, refusing to leave the bus and enter school grounds.
A young boy gave a five-minute speech to his classmates, reportedly unable to focus on task for more than a minute, with Dottie by his side to his teachers' amazement. These are just a few examples of “everyday victories” and student progress that Dottie, a TLCAD Facility Dog, assists with at The Winston School.
Read the full article about the gift of Dottie's presence here: Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc
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