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READ: Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Capital READ provides a unique opportunity for children to improve their reading skills.  We use the Intermountain Therapy Animals Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.®) program. R.E.A.D.® programs have proven highly successful when properly implemented.

Capital READ aims to improve children's reading levels by having children read aloud to specially trained dogs.  Dogs don't laugh at or correct children and create a safe, non-threatening environment for reading.  As a result, children gain confidence in their reading ability and improve their skills.

National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc. is currently working to establish Capital READ programs at schools and libraries in the area.

If you are interested in acquiring READ qualification, please e-mail Michelle Cohen or call Michelle at 301-585-NCTD (6283). If you are already READ-qualified and are interested in volunteering, please e-mail John Burrows or call John at 301-840-8046.

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