All San Diego Unified students are expected to receive their high school diplomas and degreed, four-legged visitors to four San Diego Unified campuses are helping deaf, hard of hearing students to reach that goal.
Specially trained collies Lana and Amos, trained by
Michael Neu and his wife, Karen Meyer, have had a significant positive
effect on academics for students who are deaf/ hard-of-hearing at
Whitman, Lafayette, CPMA and Madison, said Jeanne Cicchetto, a San Diego
Unified Resource Teacher in the deaf/hard-of-hearing program.
visits with these collies have provided students with an opportunity to
learn about canine care and how hearing dogs can assist people with
hearing loss both in their homes and in the community," she said.
"Students return to their classwork with an increased ability to focus
and an obvious feeling of well-being. Improved communication skills,
independence and self-esteem are other benefits the students exhibit
after their canine visits."
For more information on the program, contact Cicchetto at 858-490-8412.