Friday, 23 April 2021 23:55
Mary Margaret Callahan, Chief Mission Officer of the leading therapy animal organization, Pet Partners, will speak with Jon & Talkin' Pets 4/24/21 on importance of pets in the home classroom and lasting lessons learned as we move beyond the pandemic FeaturedWritten by Super User
As many students swapped classrooms for computers over the past year, a new survey of 2,000 parents across the UK and US finds that their children’s classmates in the virtual learning setting – their pets—provided real mental health, academic and social benefits. Research has long shown the benefits of having pet interaction in a physical classroom setting and this study confirms these benefits are now being seen in virtual education environments as well. The survey reveals pets helped children cope during the pandemic -- decreasing loneliness, anxiety, and stress and providing a source of motivation for their studies helping improve academic performance. This is positive news in light of early indicators the pandemic has had a negative impact on children’s social skills and well-being, with a recent report finding over 1.5 million children in the UK alone will need additional mental health support as a consequence of the pandemic.
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