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(Australia) Dog helps kids with anxiety in elementary school

April 14, 2018, West Australian: Meet Rigby the furry teacher assistant helping Mindarie Primary School kids chill out https://thewest.com.au/news/education/meet-rigby-the-furry-teacher-assistant-helping-mindarie-primary-school-kids-chill-out-ng-b88803309z Rigby the border collie is one of a growing band of four-legged teaching assistants working in WA schools. Job-sharing with Maxi the beagle at Mindarie Primary School, she reassures anxious students, listens to reluctant readers and helps shy pupils build social skills. Mindarie principal Barbara Bromley said she had researched the benefits of therapy dogs after noticing an increase in the number of primary school children dealing with anxiety. “They’re really good for calming kids down,” she said…