Four-legged aides help reluctant readers gain confidence

06/5/2008 | Washington Post, The

Canines trained to sit quietly while young children read aloud appear to be helping many improve their skills and confidence, teachers and students say. "It is awesome," said Juan Pablo, a sixth-grader whose Maryland class spends 45 minutes weekly reading to a black Labrador retriever named Amelia. "She doesn't care if you accidentally read a word wrong. Sometimes you read a word wrong and [people] just start laughing at you. She doesn't laugh at you. She stares at you, waiting for you to start reading again."

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