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Deerfield,VT: Therapy dog helps students with 'severe behavior challenges'

Sept 2, 2017, Deerfield (VT) Valley News: What’s black and white with hugs all over? Therapy dog to be used at elementary school http://www.dvalnews.com/view/full_story_obits/27472579/article-What-s-black-and-white-with-hugs-all-over--Therapy-dog-to-be-used-at-elementary-school?instance=home_news_left Jovi won’t be the first dog that Golembeski brings to school. She says a few years ago, principal Rebecca Fillion asked her to bring in one of her retired therapy dogs, Elory. She ended up bringing him in twice a week, and she says the differences she saw in her students with intensive needs were astounding. “When I started bringing Elory in, I started seeing some kids who were nonverbal become verbal,” says Golembeski. “I saw kids with severe behavior challenges whose escalated behavior dropped. I’ve trained guide dogs for a long time and I’ve known the power of dogs, but it took me by surprise. It was truly beautiful.”