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Denver: Therapy dogs for kids with "social anxiety"

Dec 26, 2017, The Denver Post: Therapy dogs bring new tricks to Arvada middle school https://www.denverpost.com/2017/12/26/therapy-dogs-arvada-middle-school/ The school started bringing in the therapy dogs last year to help students who have learning disabilities or emotional needs better cope with their school day. … Gillette considered the pairing a trial run, but soon enough she had four other students visiting with the dog. She worked with other special education staff members and the school’s principal to identify and prioritize students they believed would benefit from the program. Then, each student began their own weekly rendezvous with Mojo. … Gillette said many of the students who work with the therapy dogs struggle with social anxiety and are often shy or nervous around new people.