Goodwood Library - Literacy and Reading Program

Goodwood Library (Unley Council)

We welcome our new joint venture with Goodwood Library, Our Therapy Dog teams are providing Literacy and Reading Assistance to Library participants.

shifting performance pressure off the child and providing support

Meet Abby and Bella, looks like they have a huge listening load today.

Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears. 

Animals are ideal reading companions because they:

  • Help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure

  • Listen attentively

  • Do not judge, laugh, or criticize

  • Allow children to proceed at their own pace

  • Are less intimidating than peers

When a Dog is listening, the environment is transformed, a child’s dread is replaced by eager anticipation, and learning occurs.  The handler is a skilled facilitator, too – shifting performance pressure off the child and providing support, while the child gets the supervised reading practice necessary to build vocabulary, increase understanding of the material, and gain fluency as a reader.

Dog Assisted Reading Program (AAE) is a a unique literacy initiative program that matches children with a therapy dog and handler for reading tutoring (read aloud to a dog in order to improve reading and communication skills.) 

To find out more about our Dog Assisted Reading Programs,

Please contact our coordinator on 0481 293 370 or Email:

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