Titus is a Golden Retriever. This popular breed is known for its intelligence and eagerness to please, traits that make it ideal for work such as search and rescue, hunting companion, service or guide dog, and, naturally, Reading Education Assistance Dog.
A proper introduction between Titus
and the young lady.
Titus belongs to Kris, a retired school teacher. Kris's goal in retiring early was to be able to serve children in special needs classes with her therapy dog, and she has fulfilled that desire by serving nearly 60 children. Her primary focus is autistic children, and Titus helps her in many ways.
Titus participates in a talk about the
Red Cross Disaster Team.
Most of the children they work with cannot read, so they focus on letter recognition and sounds. A favorite activity of many of the children is the Cheerios books. This series of books also provides opportunities for the children to work on small motor coordination and speech.
"Oh boy, I love this book!"
The students tell Titus "leave it" and then put the Cheerios on certain spots in the books. Then even some of the children who normally will not speak will happily say "Eat!" for Titus to clean the page. Kris says getting children who are nonverbal to say anything at all is amazing.
Please say "Eat!" Please, please, please say "Eat!"
If you choose this activity for your reading sessions, Kris suggests having a "slobber rag" available to wipe each page down, or the pages will stick together. (The children love to wipe the pages.)
"Thanks for pointing that out to me."
Another activity Kris does is to have the kids point to a certain thing in a picture. Getting these youngsters to focus and look at a page and pick out something is the picture is often very hard, but if Titus is in their lap and they have to do it to have Titus with them, they will focus and follow commands to pick out something.