Camelback High School’s Exceptional Student Teacher Valerie Newman Partneres With K9 Lifeline

Posted by Community Relations on 3/4/2015

Camelback High School’s Exceptional Student teacher Valerie Newman has partnered with K9 Lifeline, a Phoenix-based service dog organization to bring the benefits of animal assisted therapy to the classroom. On a recent visit to a Community Based Training (CBT) exceptional student classroom the students engaged in animal-assisted art therapy. Students interacted with Axel, Snipe and Ziva practicing vocabulary and fine motor skills by creating paw print paintings. Students that typically do not speak openly engaged their “furry friends” by giving commands. These highly-trained dogs offer sensory input, a lot of love and a chance for the students to practice many skills in an interesting new way.