Schools

Nurture Dogs have developed a range of school programmes that can accommodate students with a wide range of needs including social, emotional, behavioural difficulties, mental health issues and attendance problems. We have developed these programmes from research in local schools and literature.

A. Smooth Transition

A programme designed for year 6 and 7’s approaching or in their first term of secondary school.

  • To help shy individuals improve their confidence to give them the best chance of settling in to their new school
  • To give students the opportunity to make new friends

B. Reducing aggressive behaviour (this would need to be a smaller group)

A programme designed for any key stage student who displays aggressive or intimidating behaviour.

  • To help individuals recognise the effect of aggressive body language & communication
  • To practice replacing aggressive communication with assertive communication during dog training exercises
  • To reflect on how dogs and humans respond similarly to assertive communication.
  • To practice listening and request skills.

C. Improving Self Esteem and social skills

A programme designed for any key stage student who displays low confidence and social skills. This can also be beneficial for children who are on the Autistic Spectrum and who have Elective Mutism.

  • To reflect on how dogs and humans respond similarly to assertive communication.
  • To practice listening and request skills.
  • To encourage group participation and improve confidence through team work and dog related activities
  • To socialise with new friends in the relaxed environment of the Nurture Dogs.

D. Sensory integration and motor skills

This programme is very flexible and can be tailored to a wide range of children who may have moderate to profound learning difficulties or who are physically impaired.

  • To provide sensory stimulation, feedback and immediate gratification through a variety dog related activities (such as grooming / stroking).
  • To participate in tailored activities designed to improve motor function.

NB: A functional assessment can be carried out on request in relation to the above if required.

E. Reading and communication

A unique and new programme designed to help students improve their reading ability and confidence to read out loud. It can also help students communicate assertively.

  • To practise assertive speaking whilst in the relaxed atmosphere of training the dogs
  • To read in small groups or pairs to practise reading skills
  • To read as a whole group to the dogs to increase child confidence in reading out loud.

Please download our booklet for more details.