What is R.E.A.D.?
The Reading Education Assistance Dogs® program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog. R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their handler as a team, going to schools, libraries, and many other settings as reading companions for children.
Intermountain Therapy Animals, launched R.E.A.D. in 1999 as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the idea of reading to dogs, and the program has been spreading rapidly ever since!
How Does It Work?
R.E.A.D. utilizes registered therapy animals who 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.
For more information, please visit www.readdogsmn.org.
Photos courtesy of Carol Weatherbee.