Therapy Dog International (TDI) is a reading therapy program that is being piloted this year at PS 88Q.
This program consists of trained hypo-allergenic dogs and their owners who volunteer their time at many different schools to enhance the reading skills of children. Throughout the school year, participating students will have the opportunity to bond with a therapy dog in their own classroom environment.
Every child in the class will have a chance to interact and read to the dog while the dog sits and listens. Each Tuesday students from class 007, 005 and 201 are visited by Ms. Amy (dog owner) and Sammy (the dog).
Sammy is approximately 13 years old. Sammy had to pass a test in order to visit hospitals, nursing homes or schools.
The test incorporated items that could happen in a facility and it focused on temperament as well as obedience. Sammy has worked in nursing homes and last year he visited with an autistic 14 year old boy. He was non-verbal, but would sing to Sammy. His mother would get teary eyed. Sammy seems to know just what kids and adults need to make them smile. His first visit was to PS 88Q was a huge success!