Dogs can help kids enhance learning skills

Dogs can help kids enhance learning skills
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Estonia has started encouraging children to read out loud to dogs. This will inturn help in boosting their confidence in reading and develope social skills with a little help from man's best friend.

Tartu: Estonia has started encouraging children to read out loud to dogs. This will inturn help in boosting their confidence in reading and develope social skills with a little help from man's best friend.

"Dogs are calm listeners and unlike other kids or adults, will never be critical when a child makes mistakes while reading For kids who have problems with reading or low self esteem, there is no better therapy than to practise reading aloud to a dog," said Ewa Roots, project Manager .
Explaining about the on-going process of this learning project, Roots said "Children first decide which dog they like the most. This is then followed up by canine reading sessions held in one large room for an added sense of security."
"When the shyest kid observes other kids reading aloud to their dog, they will soon do the same," highlighted Roots. The library also suggested that children should also be encouraged to read aloud to their pet dogs at home as well.
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