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Surrounded by dad and mom and academics, 5 kids with disabilities in a Spanish special-needs college can’t cover their pleasure when Soul the remedy canine walks in wagging her tail.

“What we have noticed a lot during the time of the pandemic is that they pay much more attention to the dog,” particular training trainer Meritxell Arias advised Reuters as the youngsters laughed and petted the golden retriever, who additionally seemed to be smiling.

Student Ivan “Soul” on a leash throughout a dog-assisted remedy session at Escola Iris in Sant Vicenc dels Horts, throughout the coronavirus pandemic close to Barcelona, Spain.
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She defined that as a result of the academics used face masks the youngsters can’t see them smile. “But the dog does not wear a mask and that is giving us a response that we did not expect.”

With the children again in school in Sant Vicenc dels Horts close to Barcelona after six months at residence as a consequence of coronavirus restrictions, the remedy canine programme is a giant assist, stated director Joan Frencesc Porras.

His college students have turn into extra responsive and collaborative, with quicker reactions, “so we understood that (the dog) was a very important tool for us,” he stated.

Student Inas, who is blind, embraces "Soul" during a dog-assisted therapy session at Escola Iris in Sant Vicenc dels Horts, during the coronavirus pandemic near Barcelona, Spain.

Student Inas, who’s blind, embraces “Soul” throughout a dog-assisted remedy session at Escola Iris in Sant Vicenc dels Horts, throughout the coronavirus pandemic close to Barcelona, Spain.
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For Hector Aguera, a 14-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome from the close by city of Terrassa, his first encounters together with his personal remedy canine Niko 4 years in the past have been considerably scary.

“I was very afraid of him because I had never seen such a big dog,” he stated.

They are finest buddies now: “Niko helps me when I am nervous or overwhelmed and I need help, he comes, I pet him, my nerves go away and I remain calm,” stated Hector.

Student Ivan pets "Soul" during a dog-assisted therapy session at Escola Iris in Sant Vicenc dels Horts, during the coronavirus pandemic near Barcelona, Spain.

Student Ivan pets “Soul” throughout a dog-assisted remedy session at Escola Iris in Sant Vicenc dels Horts, throughout the coronavirus pandemic close to Barcelona, Spain.
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His mom, Manoli Perez, agreed, saying it was Niko who introduced Hector “the most calm”.

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