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"A dog just brings a sense of calm when they come in, and one of the main things we're working on in this building is that social and emotional regulation," said Jennifer Slaven, a social worker with Olathe Public Schools.
Slaven works at Washington Elementary School and Santa Fe Trail Middle School. She said many students there are in need of more therapeutic support throughout the school day.
"The number of kids dealing with mental illness and dealing with severe anxiety and severe depression is just constantly increasing," said Slaven.
After researching the topic, Slaven adopted a dog that will soon train to become a therapy dog for both schools.
"This is just one more tool I feel like that can reach some of the kids that maybe aren't able to be reached by some of the other traditional methods that we've used," said Slaven.
The Alliance of Therapy Dogs said having therapy dogs in the classroom improves physical, social, cognitive, emotional and mental health in students of all ages.