Claire Lush and Patience (3)Congratulations to handler Claire and School Dog Patience who graduate as a qualified team on Friday (31st March). Claire and Patience work with students at Stocklake Park School, a special educational needs school based in Aylesbury.

The team are part of Dogs for Good’s community dog service helping contribute to a positive experience for students during their time at school and  also working in small groups and with individuals to enable them to achieve their goals, increase confidence and develop important skills.

Claire explains how the team help at the school: “Patience and I work with lots of students on specific projects, in addition to being around the school to interact with everyone” says Claire, “Patience has been helping to motivate students in their physiotherapy sessions; to support students in learning about safety within the community; helping to build confidence; supporting students to develop a sense of responsibility and caring for others.”

The qualification is an assessment of the work that Claire and Patience have been doing; ensuring that Claire is looking out for Patience’s needs and at the same time developing structured sessions in collaboration with therapists and teachers which help students to achieve their learning outcomes.

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Patience waves to say thank you!

Patience will be presented with her very own personalised medal at the graduation ceremony and it will also be a celebration of the amazing work she has been doing at the school. Congratulations Claire and Patience.

Watch School Dog Patience in action at Stocklake School.