TAS has its own therapy dog (in training), a working cocker spaniel called Scout. Scout has been coming into school since Kirsty S got her at 10 weeks old to begin socialising her as part of her ongoing training to eventually get her registered as a school therapy dog. This process will take up to two years but she is already winning everyone over with her gentle, calm nature.
TAS believes that having a dog in school will have a beneficial, calming effect on everyone who comes into contact with her. We have done research into the positive effects of having a school dog and feel that Scout will help with reducing stress levels, encourage respect and responsibility and promote a nurturing environment in school.
When she is in school, her main area will be in the Pendle campus main office but she will be taken into classrooms on supervised visits. She will also be taken to the Accrington and Blackpool campuses on a regular basis.
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