Bonding between animals and humans has been noted for a long time and the therapeutic role of animals is medically recognized. Special schools are increasingly using animals to help engage pupils with complex and profound special needs. Studies have shown that the presence of Therapy Dogs in school can promote communication and learning in children.
Here in Flint we are extremely fortunate to have two highly trained and nationally recognized therapy dogs, which have experience of working in schools, care homes, hospitals and hospices. These very special dogs visit the vets every couple of weeks for thorough checks and disinfectant baths to ensure that they are suitable for contact with our pupils.