Allow therapy dogs in schools and classrooms
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My daughter is a student at Liberty Hill Elementary in Liberty Hill, Texas. She is in special education because recently she was diagnosed with autism. My son is also in the class because he has ADHD and behavior issues. The teacher had been brining in her therapy dog Lily for half almost a year. The dog helped to provide the children with the help they needed when it came to physical and emotional situations and positive reinforcement. About two weeks ago it was brought to the attention of the superintendent of the school administration. They decided that having the dog at the school was too much of a liability. I have spoken with the assistant superintendent and he didn't even want to hear what I had to say. I tried reaching out to the superintendent who would only communicate with me through his assistant. I have spoken to many teachers and other parents who suppport me. There are parents who have seen the dog at the school whose children are not in special education who feel the way I do. This is not just about my children and one dog, this is about showing the district that all children can benefit from having therapy dogs. I will be presenting a PowerPoint as well with data and statistics of how big of a difference the dogs have made in classroom settings. Before we were able to find a medication for my daughter, Lily was that solution. She still has some issues the medication now cannot help and once again Lily helps with that. I want every child out there to have the chance to experience the joy of having a therapy dog available to them. The research and data is there, I am just asking for help from parents and other adults who share the same passion I do about this. Thank you everyone!
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