Canine Assisted Activities Within Special Education

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Running head: CANINE-ASSISTED ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE SPECIAL EDUCATION

The ‘New’ “Man’s best friend”: The positive influences a Canine-Assisted Activities can have on special education students in the classroom
Ally Kowalski
Crown College

The ‘New’ “Man’s best friend”: The positive influences a Canine-Assisted Activities can have on special education students in the classroom
You’ve heard the saying countless times, “Man’s best friend.” Although what does it mean? In today’s growing need for therapeutic answers, it has become an answer to countless disabled children’s cry for help. “Fido” is no longer just your typical house pet. News reporters show countless, heart-touching stories about dogs performing amazing acts as if they “know” what they are doing; running to a neighbors house for help when their owner has collapsed, dragging a hit animal to the side of the road, and taking in an abandon kitten alongside her newborn pups. The recognition of canine intelligence has been brought to a whole new spectrum; a life-saver, or in other words a best friend. A best friend is defined on dictionary.com as “the one friend who is closest to you. “For those who struggle with disabilities, countless organizations have trained canines to be that best friend for many disabled children.
Today, Autism diagnoses are growing by 10 to 17 percent annually; this has put it as America’s fastest growing developmental disability, according to the Autism Society (Mcauliffe,…
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