The Adrienne and Pierre Sommer Foundation is France’s only private, independent nonprofit organization devoted to human-animal interaction (HAI). The Foundation supports the development of HAI practices that contribute to the well-being and integration of the most fragile members of society: ill or disabled children and adults, homeless youth, ex-prisoners, and dependant older adults. To this end, the Foundation provides financial support for approximately 60 HAI initiatives in France each year. It supports academic and field research on HAI-related issues, provides schools with HAI-themed learning materials, and organizes national and international conferences.
Human Animal Inter.
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READING LIST: How Animals Help Students Learn summarizes what we know about the impact of animals in education and synthesizes the thinking of prominent leaders in research and practice… Experts from around the world provide concrete examples of how animals have been successfully incorporated into classroom settings to achieve the highest level of benefit while also ensuring the health and welfare of +
Research & dev.
LEARNING TO READ Researchers at the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction (Grafton, Massachusetts, USA) have found reading aloud to dogs to improved second-grade (7 to 8 year-olds) students’ attitudes toward reading. Specifically, their preliminary study indicates that dogs can help motivate children to work on their reading skills. http://now.tufts.edu/news-releases/reading-therapy-dogs-improves-literacy-attitudes-second-grade-students-0 +