Meet Mathew…

Meet Matthew, a student in Mary Shide-Hartje’s Communication Class. He’s learning to take his turn while putting together a puzzle with Ovelle. To play, Ovelle needs to “GET” the puzzle piece out by grasping the piece knob in her teeth and then pulling it out of puzzle or dropping the piece in and pushing it in place with her nose – sometimes with a little help from Matthew. Mary says, “Our Dustin’s Paw dogs are some of the best speech therapists! They encourage interactions, sharing, turn-taking, sounds, words, and just general communication in a very fun and motivating way.”