Listening Dogs Help Children Learn

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Greyhounds Danny and Batman were guests of honour at Glascote Library in Tamworth where they helped local pupils brush up on their reading.

So-called 'listening dogs' are said to help build confidence in children and overcome their fear of reading aloud.

The scheme originated in the USA.

This one-off session was run through Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ), a nonprofit organisation whose aim is to improve the literacy skills of children.

In what was the first event of its kind in the Midlands, Danny and Batman curled up alongside children from Oakhill Primary, Glascote Heath, and Lakeside Primary School in Tamworth.

Tony Nevett, who has a degree in animal assisted therapy, trained the dogs after hearing about the success of the programme in the United States – where there are currently around 1,800 listening dogs.

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