Our mission is to bring comfort to children, to enhance the experience of learning, and to enrich the lives of our canine and human volunteers.

Author Archives: Sharon Fleck

Therapy Dogs Make Reading Fun by Maddi Fleck

Roxy Therapy Dogs have been comforting children in Central Bucks School District’s elementary schools for the past 12 years, as part of their Literacy for All program. This program pairs a certified therapy team with a class to give children an opportunity to practice their fluency by reading to “their” dog each week. The therapy… Continue Reading

Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs Changes Name

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/22/17   CONTACT: Sharon Fleck, President PHONE: 609.558.8721 EMAIL: RoxyReadingtdoffice@yahoo.com   Local Non-profit Changes Name as Services to Community Expand The well-known provider of therapy dog services to children in central Bucks County has a new name, Roxy Therapy Dogs, announced Sharon Fleck, the non-profit’s President. “Roxy was founded on our childhood… Continue Reading

What a Dog Can Do: Children with Autism and Therapy Dogs in Social Interaction

What a Dog Can Do: Children with Autism and Therapy Dogs in Social Interaction

For almost 50 years specially trained dogs have been used in clinical and family settings to facilitate how children with autism engage in social interaction and participate in everyday activities. Yet little theoretical grounding and empirical study of this socioclinical phenomenon has been offered by social science. Continue Reading

Effects of Reading with Adult Tutor/Therapy Dog Teams on Elementary Students’ Reading Achievement and Attitudes

Effects of Reading with Adult Tutor/Therapy Dog Teams on Elementary Students’ Reading Achievement and Attitudes

This study assessed the effect of reading aloud to handler/therapy dog teams on children’s oral reading fluency using a post-test control group design with repeated measures. Forty-five children in grades 2-5 were assigned to one of two groups using a stratified random assignment designed to equate groups based on grade and sex. Continue Reading