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Broken Arrow, OK: District adds therapy dogs to reduce stress in students

Feb 20, 2020, Oklahoma City, News4 TV: Oklahoma school district brings therapy dogs into the classroom to ease anxiety …Every other week, district officials say students get a visit from Tiger Tails, Broken Arrow High School’s therapy dog program. “Therapy dogs are here to make us feel good, help us to be less stressed, have a peaceful moment,” said Karen Holman, Tiger Tails founder and Broken Arrow High School teacher. “They are great at helping us practice relationship skills. We’ve taken them into special ed classes, AP classes, you name it. We take our dogs there.”… Researchers say therapy dogs can have a positive effect on students and lead to gains in confidence, decreased anxiety, improved motivation, and an increase in school attendance…. Holman is hoping to get more licensed dogs and handlers to help with requests for visits.


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