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Melrose, WI: Therapy dogs in school can prevent a child from having 'major meltdown'

Dec 15, 2017, (WI) Jackson County Chronicle: Melrose-Mindoro uses therapy dogs in the classroom http://lacrossetribune.com/jacksoncochronicle/news/local/melrose-mindoro-uses-therapy-dogs-in-the-classroom/article_a69c1a25-e86c-5b7a-8e63-e8e4ec7d10ec.html According to Jenna Steers, Harrison’s owner and a kindergarten teacher at Melrose-Mindoro, this is a common sight when she brings one of her two therapy dogs into the school for a day.... “It is calming for them knowing that they can just read the story and all the dog is going to do is listen. … The district is also making sure the dogs are serving those students that are at-risk. … “The last time I had Marley in here she actually prevented probably three kids from having a major meltdown,” Steers said. “I think with students that have autism or ADHD or students with other disabilities, it is calming and relaxing just that motion of petting a dog. It calms them down.” …