School Consultancy

Photo of a girl reading with a dog - School Dog Services - canineassistedlearning.comWe currently offer animal assisted interventions in Berkshire and the surrounding counties.
Our highly trained therapy dogs have passed extensive behavioural and suitability assessments (including veterinary evaluations) in order to ensure that they are perfect for working alongside people of all ages. Accompanying our dogs is trained therapist who has a wealth of experience working with pupils with special educational needs. This team is prepared to work around your requirements and committed to meeting your needs, offering amongst other things:

1:1 literacy support

  • general classroom support
  • group work
  • 1:1 time focusing upon behaviour
  • 1:1 time focusing upon emotional support
  • AAIs and AAAs*

We can create a therapeutic programme to suit your needs and integrate ourselves seamlessly into your school life in order to develop lasting, consistent and beneficial relationships with pupils. We provide all set-up materials and will prepare your school for our visit(s): undertaking risk assessments, addressing parental concerns and provide information for staff.

*For more details of how we can help in schools please read our results section.

We’d love to hear from you, so for further information or to book a visit, please contact us here.

Affiliate programme

Another way we can help your school is by training (and then supporting) a member of your own staff and their dog to work as a CAL-affiliated dog therapy team. To this end, we offer a thorough training package for both the staff member and dog, and will provide:

  • all the training required, ensuring CAL’s high standards are met
  • ongoing support and resources
  • the necessary documents for the school
  • public liability insurance for the dog and handler
  • a CAL dog jacket, harness and lead

Once certified there is an annual assessment and regular veterinary checks to ensure good practice and continuing affiliation with CAL.  If you would like more information about how to become a CAL-affiliated school dog team please get in touch with us here.

Animal assisted talking therapies

Canine Assisted Learning offers a range of talking therapies for young people between the ages of 5-16

CAL talking therapies offers a progressive and inivative theraputic approach that engages young people through the development of the human animal bond and is of huge benefit to those who struggle to engage in traditional talking therapies. Our approach offers a different way of exploring difficult and sensitive issues making it easier for the young people we work with to express their feelings and recount painful experiences. Our highly trained CAL dogs help create a calm and peaceful environment enabling our sessions to be of maximum benefit. We provide talking therapies to help with the following:
Depression
Anxiety
Dealing with difficult emotions
Dealing with upsetting or traumatic experiences
Coping with change

To find out more please get in touch with us here.

Private tuition

Photo of a girl reading with a dog - School Dog Services - canineassistedlearning.comWe don’t just offer help to schools: we welcome the chance to get involved with any child that might benefit from our excellent services and care. We work with a wide variety of young people—many with needs such as ADHD, ODD, ASD and general learning difficulties. We can meet with you and your child at home (or wherever else you feel comfortable), have a chat and together we can create a programme that perfectly suits the needs of you and your child. If you want to arrange a visit or simply find out more about us then please give us a ring or drop us a line here.

*Subsidised Places

We believe that all young people could benefit from the work of our amazing dogs regardless of income, so if you feel our services would make a big difference to your child’s life but would struggle to meet our costs please still get in touch as we offer a limited number of subsidised places.