(UK) Isle of Wight: Therapy dog helps with anxiety in special needs kids

July 28, 2018, Isle of Wight County Press: Isle of Wight school dog Poppy receives top award STUDENTS aren't the only ones achieving at St George’s School. School dog Poppy — who has been supporting students at the special school for three years, helping to boost their self esteem, reduce anxiety and comfort them when they are upset — has been awarded 'Pets as Therapy' status…. "The contact between dog and student encourages physical interaction, which helps to put children at ease and can help the students who are on bespoke programmes as well as those with low self-esteem and anxieties.