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Animal-assisted therapy helps students cope with anxiety


January 7, 2018

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Educators may employ many tactics to correct behavioral issues among students. From proverbial and literal smacks on the wrists to modern-day detentions and suspensions, none works all too well, experts say.

One suburban school district is taking a unique approach: animal-assisted therapy.

McHenry High School District 156 this year, in partnership with Main Stay Therapeutic Farm in Richmond, launched the pilot experiential learning program for at-risk students that's an alternative to detentions and suspensions.

"It's something different," said Becky Covalt, d...

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