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(Ireland) Cork school "boasts three special classes for autistic children"; adds therapy dog

Sept 20, 2021, Cork Echo: 'Great excitement' as Cork primary school gets a school therapy dog https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40702271.html

THERE was huge excitement in Midleton CBS Primary School on Monday morning when Alfie - a 16-week-old Goldendoodle puppy - commenced his duties as a school therapy dog. Midleton CBS Primary School has become the first mainstream school in Cork to receive a school therapy dog…. Ms O’Leary said Midleton CBS Primary School is delighted to benefit from this new initiative which is designed to help reduce the anxiety levels among primary school students. … "We think this is the opportune time to get a school therapy dog as anxiety levels in children are on the rise as a result of Covid. Trying to readjust to coming into the school environment and being away from parents can be a very hard transition for some boys," she said. The all-boys primary school has classes from first up to sixth class and also boasts three special classes for autistic children. …