Blaze the Therapy Dog Befriends Students

Blaze the therapy dog

Therapy dog Blaze is an active member of Spruce Creek Elementary School’s speech-language pathology team, assisting his human – Speech-Language Pathologist Laura Kruger – with her sessions working with children with varied disabilities.

Blaze loves attention, and students thrive off of his ability to support them as an active listener, confidant, encourager, and friend. The animal-based therapy team works with students to improve motivation, reduce meltdowns, and elevate the mood during sessions.

“With Blaze in the room, I’ve seen students’ increased confidence while developing literacy skills,” said Kruger. “They pay more attention and focus longer during sessions. When students talk to Blaze, they can go well beyond their maximum mean length of utterance.”

Read their awesome story in the national speech-language publication, “Leader Live,” at 
https://leader.pubs.asha.org/do/10.1044/2021-0601-blaze-therapy-dog/full/

That’s something to wag a tail about!

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