Schools bring therapy dogs to focus on post-COVID student mental health

By: | June 15, 2021

Many schools are looking to expand mental health services to help with the trauma of 2020. In a recent mental health roundtable, Chicago students lit up when the conversation turned to potentially adding therapy dogs.

Doctors have found all sorts of new ways to utilize support animals as of late, in physical and speech therapy, and in substance abuse programs.

Often, high schools and colleges bring in dogs around final exams to let stressed-out students pet their worries away. With younger kids, the animals can give struggling students a comfortable way to practice reading — with their furry friends as the audience.

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