I am a Speech/Language Pathologist who has had the privilege of working with Diane, Prairie and Ovelle. Upon initiating my employment at this facility, one of the main assets I quickly noticed was the dynamic that Diane and the dogs created with some of my most challenging patients. One patient in particular has a goal of making eye contact when exchanging picture communication cards with his communication partner to target appropriate social skills. When using the dogs as part of that skill, my patient quickly began making eye contact with the dogs which has now led him to glancing at me appropriately also. I firmly believe that the love and patience the dogs show without pressure or judgment allows patients to have confidence and motivation that people cannot mimic. I find the relationship between the patients, Diane and the dogs one that is irreplaceable and I consider their contribution a huge part of my patients success! – Kristine Lefferts, Speech/Language Pathologist

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