Therapy Dogs Bring Comfort to BHS

Therapy Dogs Bring Comfort to BHS
Posted on 10/28/2019
The Binghamton City School District is committed to supporting its students socially and emotionally. One of the ways the district does this is through the use of therapy dogs. 

A student that's struggling, but isn't quite ready or willing to discuss their feelings, can benefit from simply spending some time with therapy dogs and their handlers. Binghamton High School works with two outside agencies (Bark-9 Therapy Dogs and Therapy Dogs 607) to make these animals available to students. 

School social worker Mary Barta talked about the difference these special animals are making for children.

"If a student is so upset that they can't express how they're feeling, or they don't know how they're feeling or if a child is on the spectrum, they can't get their feelings out easily,” Barta said. “When you have a dog there, it's much easier.”

While therapy dogs are utilized during times of tragedy, they can also be routinely found within our schools. Therapy dogs and their handlers can be found at BHS as often as once a week. 
Coolidge and Mann elementary schools also regularly utilize therapy dogs in their classrooms. 

View more coverage of our therapy dogs on Spectrum News
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