Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.®) is a fun, effective and inexpensive way to improve children’s reading skills through the assistance of registered therapy animal teams as literacy mentors. Animals can be ideal reading companions because they help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure. Unlike peers, animals are attentive listeners; they don’t judge or criticize, so children are more comfortable and inclined to forget about their own fears.
Reading Education Assistance Dogs are particularly common in US libraries and schools. Espoo’s Sello library in Finland has a therapy dog, Börje, that listens to children, helping them to improve their reading skills. Find out more about the Raisa Alameri’s interview.
This video has made for a Finnish Libraries Now! -publication. The publication consisting of a brochure and a website designed to guide individuals and communities into the exciting world of the Finnish libraries in 2012.
Written by: Panu Somerma
Filmed and edited by: Panu Somerma and Mikko Helander
Music by: Olli Myyrä
Graphic design by: Harri Oksanen
Colour correction by: Tuomas Lipponen
Produced by: Ninni Sandelius ja Riitta Taarasti
Production time: 2012