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Paris, TN: SPED school get therapy dogs; they help de-escalate behavior

Aug 21, 2018, Paris (TN) Post—Intelligencer: Man's (and children's) best friends helping out PSSD The Paris Special School District board welcomed two new furry friends to the district Tuesday night. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, along with School Resource Officers Sgt. Michelle Brewer and Sgt. Eddie Crosser, came to the board’s meeting to introduce the board to a pair of new therapy dogs, Jack and Buster… Belew said that Jack and Buster started working as therapy dogs at the schools at the beginning of this school year…. Brewer said Jack has already started having a very positive effect on the kids. “We had a kindergarten kid that had a meltdown and had to be sent to intervention and when he got in there he was pretty upset and inconsolable so they called me to come down with Jack to the intervention room,” said Brewer… Brewer said another instance happened Monday when a little boy crawled under a table, so Jack went under the table and comforted the boy….


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