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Reading Dogs Programme at TDCC

Welcome to the enchanting Reading Dogs Program at TDCC, presented in collaboration with the Dyslexia Specialists of The Developing Child Centre and the trained personnel of Therapy Dogs UAE!

Join us once a month, on a Sunday, from 10:00 am to 10:45 am at the TDCC premises, as we embark on a delightful journey into the magical world of reading alongside our furry friends. This program is filled with excitement, fun, and a deep love for reading, offering a wide array of activities for children to enjoy with our amazing reading dogs. Best of all, it’s completely free of charge. However, due to limited availability, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage interested parents to secure a spot for their child as soon as possible, ensuring they have the opportunity to partake in this wonderful experience.

Our primary goal is to provide children with the chance to attend the session of this program, where they can immerse themselves in a world of wonder, ignite their passion for reading, and create lasting memories with our furry companions. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Overview:

The Reading Dogs Program at TDCC is a specialized initiative designed to help groups of children between the ages of 5 and 7 (1st group)  and  7 – 10 (2nd group)  develop their reading skills while fostering a love for books. Led by TDCC’s learning and Dyslexia specialist, this program offers small group sessions where children have the opportunity to interact with trained therapy dogs in a supportive environment. 

The program aims to boost children’s confidence in reading and create positive associations with the learning process.

Objectives of the Program:

1. Enhancing Reading Skills: The primary objective of the Reading Dogs Program is to improve children’s reading abilities. Through engaging activities, the program focuses on developing their vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and overall reading proficiency.

2. Building Confidence: Many children experience insecurities and self-doubt when it comes to reading aloud or tackling challenging texts. The program aims to build confidence by providing a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere. The presence of therapy dogs helps create a comfortable and stress-free environment, encouraging children to take risks and express themselves freely.

3. Fostering Love for Reading: The program seeks to instill a lifelong love for reading in children. By incorporating fun and interactive methods, such as reading stories with the assistance of therapy dogs, the program aims to make the reading experience enjoyable and captivating. The goal is to spark children’s curiosity, imagination, and enthusiasm for books.

Benefits for Children:

1. Improved Reading Skills: Through regular participation in the program, children can make significant progress in their reading abilities. The personalized guidance from the learning and Dyslexia specialist, along with the positive reinforcement from the therapy dogs, helps children develop important literacy skills.

2. Increased Confidence: Interacting with therapy dogs provides a sense of comfort and support, allowing children to feel more confident in their reading efforts. As they practice reading aloud in a non-judgmental environment, children gradually overcome their anxieties and gain self-assurance.

3. Enhanced Focus and Concentration: Reading to therapy dogs can help children improve their focus and concentration. The calming presence of the dogs helps reduce distractions and creates a conducive environment for deep engagement with the text.

4. Emotional Support: The presence of therapy dogs offers emotional support to children. Dogs are known for their unconditional love and acceptance, which can create a sense of security and belonging. This support system can be particularly beneficial for children who may struggle with anxiety or other emotional challenges.

5. Positive Attitude Towards Learning: By associating reading with enjoyable experiences, the program helps cultivate a positive attitude towards learning in children. They are more likely to perceive reading as an enjoyable activity rather than a chore, leading to increased motivation and enthusiasm for future academic pursuits.

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