Oatlands Primary School

Therapy Dog Program


Meet Archie! Archie is an accredited Therapy Dog who works with our school psychologist, Holly Wilson. Archie has undergone intensive training to be suitable to work in a school setting and he wears a special identification coat when at school.

Archie is extremely patient, loving and loyal and he is a great companion to the staff and students at Oatlands Primary School. Archie can join in class activities or sometimes he just sits quietly in the classroom while being patted. Some children are lucky enough to get special individual time with Archie. Archie especially loves it when children read to him or play with him.

Research shows that dogs are remarkable at lowering stress and anxiety levels and in doing so often defuse imminent explosions of frustration or negative behaviours. They can be a great way to encourage desirable behaviours and teach children to be calm in the classroom. Research shows that children find the non-judgmental ears of a therapy dog the perfect choice to improve their academic skills, particularly reading. Research also shows the benefits of having therapy dogs working with children who have additional needs.

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Tue, 07 Feb 2017
Can you follow instructions? Practise drawing this cartoon butterfly in your special drawing book.
Sun, 08 Jan 2017
On Christmas Day I got lots of LEGO but these are some of my favourites. I have got lots more and I might even get some on Tuesday, my b’day. 
Sun, 25 Dec 2016
Not going to plan; really? It’s great to see our little leprechaun getting into the swing of playing basketball; maybe he was a little ambitious beginning to play at such a high level, but hey, you never know unless you try! We’ve now come to …
Sun, 25 Dec 2016
So, not even Christmas Day is safe from our little leprechaun! It seems there is no limit to what this feisty little fella will get up to; a little mischief here, a little mischief there…make for interesting and fun times, don’t you think? &#…
Fri, 23 Dec 2016
I suppose all our little leprechaun’s activities throughout this month of December have made him hungry [maybe even a little hangry!], but really? The moon? Cheese? Don’t tell me he’s there with Peppa Pig playing in the muddy puddles; no…

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