What an exciting afternoon!
Darton College had a visit from a very large but very helpful dog. Titch came to pay our Nurture group a visit.
Here is a photograph of Titch with his co workers from Support Dogs.
Titch is an Irish Wolfhound who works for Support Dogs (supportdogs.org.uk). Support Dogs is a very special and unique charity. Support Dogs is a national charity (Mainland UK) dedicated to increasing independence and quality of life for people with various medical conditions. They provide, train and support specialist assistance dogs to achieve this.
Our Nurture learners were so excited to meet the Support Dog team (plus he caused a stir amongst the whole school, you would have thought we had a famous person in school!). Our class learnt so much aout dogs and the work of the charity. The learners demonstrated this learning by completing a Kahoot quiz and using PicCollage. The class really enjoyed the visit. Making Darton College proud by showing excellent behaviour, asking good probing questions and retaining information.
Support Dogs explained;
‘Our autism assistance programme is life changing for both the child with autism and their family. Autism Assistance Dogs are trained to provide safety and to facilitate a more independent and socially inclusive life for both the child with autism and their family.’
Our guests continued;
‘Our disability assistance dogs are trained to assist and support their owners by carrying out tasks which are specifically tailored to their needs, for example:
- Opening and closing doors
- Picking up objects
- Raising the alarm
- Dressing and undressing
- Operating control buttons
- Loading and unloading the washing machine’
A group engaged in learning from our guest speakers.
And in relation to their seizure alert programme;
‘Epilepsy is the most common neurological illness with over 600,000 cases in the UK. 30% of people with epilepsy are unable to control their seizures through medication. Instead they live with the fear of an oncoming seizure which can occur at any time. This fear affects everything they do, limiting their independence and ability to live an active life.
Seizure Alert Dogs are trained to provide a 100% reliable warning up to 50 minutes prior to an oncoming seizure. They give time for their owner to find a place of safety and privacy as they have their seizure.’
We hope to be working with Support Dogs in the future to contribute to much needed funds to raise money to allow more people to benefit from this charity.