The value of pet ‘therapy’ is widely accepted as a powerful aid to stimulation and communication. Studies have shown that the presence of companion animals can improve the well-being of children and lower the rate of anxiety, simply by making the environment happier, more enjoyable and less forbidding. The Senior Leadership Team at IMPACT have been considering obtaining a dog as a school therapy pet for some time and the decision was made in Jan 2022 to conduct a pilot scheme involving a pet of a staff member.
Pixie will be joining school for a couple of days a week initially. A full risk assessment can be found on the website and we ask parents if they can please contact school if your child have allergies, although Pixie is hypoallergenic due to her breed and does not shed.