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Ginger has retired, after 9 years working as a therapy dog. She is enjoying her retirement by taking long walks on the beach, and mentoring visiting guide dog puppies in training.

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Ginger is a chocolate lab, and is registered as a therapy dog through Pet Partners. She is very friendly and loves kids. She comes to school with me most days, and stays mainly in my office.

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Having a therapy animal can help students feel more relaxed, have a more positive attitude, and improve willingness to try new things. Students can also talk to her to practice new skills. She reassures students when things are hard, and rewards them with kisses after a good session. Students on the autism spectrum are often particularly responsive to having a dog present during speech therapy sessions. Ginger is one of my most valuable therapy tools.