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(Reading Education Assistance Dogs)
"Tales and Tails"
If you know a child who is having trouble or is a reluctant reader in grades K-4, our friend Kendra is here to help.
Kendra is a registered therapy dog who come to the library with her handler/owner Debbie Alfano.
What is Tales and Tails?
Tales and Tails, Carteret County Library's children's program improves children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. The program is part of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program.
R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals that volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team as reading companions for children. The program is built around the appealing idea of reading to dogs.
How Does It Work?
R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals that have been trained and tested for health, safety, appropriate skills and temperament. When these special animals come to hear children read, it's fun! And that makes all the difference.
But Why Dogs?
Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears. Animals are ideal reading companions because they: listen attentively, do not judge, laugh or criticize, allow children to proceed at their own pace and are less intimidating than peers.