Hemmick – Our Therapy Dog
We were all very happy to see Hemmick, our Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog back at school after the festive break. He brings so much joy as well as therapeutic benefits to the whole school community including:
Physical benefits – Interaction with therapy dogs has been shown to reduce blood pressure, provide physical stimulation and assist with pain management.
Social benefits – A visiting therapy dog promotes greater self-esteem and focused interaction with other students and teachers.
Cognitive benefits – It has been empirically proven that therapy dogs stimulate memory and problem-solving skills.