What is the School Dog Project?
Stocklake Park School has embarked on a new innovative project which has seen the introduction of a Labrador cross Golden Retriever called Patience. The pilot project represents a partnership between leading assistance dog charity Dogs for Good and Stocklake Park School. Using Animal Assisted Intervention techniques the School Dog project aims to exploring how a dog could bring benefit to students by supporting their learning, social, physical and emotional development in classroom activities or as part of therapeutic sessions. Patience will be attending the school for the next three years, working alongside a professional dog handler, Claire Lush. Together with the teachers, therapists and parents/carers we will explore how dogs can support the individual needs of students.
How Patience supports students
Claire and Patience work with students in 1:1 & group sessions both in the school and in the community. The aims may be varied, such as, helping to build confidence & self-esteem, helping to calm, to promote independence, support communication or to work alongside the students’ therapeutic programmes. For any students who are unsure or fearful of dogs, carefully planned work is carried out with an approach and pace that is suited to the student.
What students and parents say
“Patience is brilliant for our son, he finds animals really calming and really cares about them. Patience is the perfect distraction after lunch to calm him down for class again, we couldn’t ask for a better idea.”
“Patience helps me at school, she makes me happy.”
“Patience comes out with us, she helps us to walk and cross the road safely.”
See the link below to view a video about the joint project:
Patience in the News
The students and staff at Stocklake have been actively involved in fundraising for the project. Students have taken part in sponsored walks, hosted craft fayres, enjoyed school discos and held cake sales. The project has also been fortunate to receive help form local businesses and schools including, Kier Construction, BP Garages, Grant and Stone, Aylesbury Grammar School and 1st Wendover Beavers to name a few.
If you would like to support Patience and her work you can do so in a variety of ways:
- Make a donation – visit the MASKS Just Giving page – specify ‘School Dog’
- Organise a sponsored or fundraising event
- Dress Down Day at Work
- Host a Bake Sale
- Donate a raffle prize
- Register with us for a collection box for your workplace
- Talk to people about the project and its benefits
For further advice please email Gill Mullis