Animal-assisted therapy is a complementary approach to supporting the well-balanced student. In particular, therapy dogs in school can have a direct impact on students’ social interactions, class participation, and behavior, as well as strengthening feelings of connectedness in school—a protective factor against risk-taking behaviors. School nurses have the unique charge of acting as liaisons between optimal health and academic success, and they can serve an integral role in animal-assisted therapy programs at school. The benefits of animal-assisted therapy in elementary schools along with the role of the school nurse in the planning and success of the program are described.
NASN School Nurse – SAGE
Published: Nov 1, 2018
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