Piper Finds Her Special
BY ALISON KEENAN
“Piper Finds Her Special” provides a peek inside the mind of a therapy dog as she discovers her special purpose in life while providing a reading program for children. This is a true story about Team Keenan who works with children who have reading challenges. Through the magic of unconditional love, the dog and her owner help children lose their fear and anxieties while reading, and ultimately, increase their reading skills and comprehension.
Through the simple yet profound process of reading to a registered therapy dog, reading can become a pleasurable experience. By leading readers to enjoy reading, fluency and proficiency can be improved. With therapy dog-supported reading, the child becomes the tutor and helper for the dog. The effects of PTSD, stress, and anxiety-related disorders can be diminished through the connection to a soft, warm and non-judgmental animal.