Dog Therapy

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Dog Therapy

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JIT offers dog therapy every Sunday.  Kuma, a friendly bull mastiff, along with his owner and trainer Marsha, come to work with the children.  They work on following directions such as throwing a ball for Kuma to catch, and also how to properly walk the dog on a leash.  Kuma only responds to commands when the child is engaged in the activity and when the child has eye contact with the dog.  Many austistic children have trouble maintaining eye contact, so this is good practice for them.  The children are also allowed to pet Kuma during the therapy session.  This allows them to work on learning things such as how to be gentle, and how to properly approach dogs.  Some autistic children are frightened by loud noises, however Kuma does not bark. His gentle demeanor and excellent training make him a delight for all the children at JIT.