The Calais School’s Animal Adaptive Therapy™ program incorporates highly-trained institutional service dogs into the educational and therapeutic program for our students with special needs. Our partner organization, Merlin’s KIDS™ has trained all of our service dogs so they are able to continually adapt and assist in clinical and emotional situations at school.
Certified institutional service dog Cali is a two-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback. She is trained to detect cortisol, a hormone released by the cortex of the adrenal gland when a person is under stress (or feeling anger, anxiety, fear, etc.). By signaling when a student is experiencing stress, Cali alerts the counseling team so they can intervene before a problem escalates.
Certified institutional service dog Cleo is a two-year-old rescued Beagle trained in therapeutic facilitation. She often works with our occupational therapist, which means she helps students learn everyday skills like tying shoes, zipping zippers, and buttoning buttons. She helps students practice fine and gross motor skills. Cleo is a frequent buddy during reading class. She gives students a safe and secure feeling along with unconditional love and support.
Our institutional service dogs are hard-working, full-time faculty members. They are trained to adapt to the needs of each and every one of our students. Service dogs work with students to learn the social, emotional, and behavioral skills today that they will use for the rest of their lives.
All of the handlers and service animals provided by Merlin’s KIDS™ are rigorously trained. Our animal handlers are certified in Natural Canine Behavior Rehabilitation™ through United K9 Professionals. More than 2,000 hours of training and behavior modification goes into completing the protocols required for each service dog and handler.
I can’t say enough about the warm, loving approach this school community offers. They have spent countless hours of patience and thought to devising a plan for our son’s success. He is thriving academically and socially. Everyone from the Directors to counselors, therapists, teachers and aides bring an individualized approach to making sure that each […]
Calais has prepared me for the future by helping me come over my depression and anxiety and allowed me to look at things in a way so I can deal with them like I didn’t know I could.
The people of Calais are like family to me. Each one of us are all different, but we accept each other for who we are. I tried my absolute best here by turning every obstacle into opportunities to succeed. I have no regrets. Calais has made me who I am today. It has given me […]
I am a graduate of The Calais School. I am honored and proud to say that I graduated from Calais 25 years ago. I have Tourette’s syndrome and I have to tell you that the seven years I spent at Calais were some of the best years of my life. I was able to be […]
Because of my experience at The Calais School, I have become a person which I thought could never have existed. My 10 years at Calais turned out to be rewarding and full of accomplishments. I look back and I really don’t know where I would be today if it wasn’t for this school. I have […]
We wanted to say thank you for your commitment and effort in teaching and guiding our son… he grew and developed under your guidance, until he was ready to go to the mainstream full time. My husband and I are so grateful that we found Calais School. You carried us through some of the toughest […]
“Upon meeting with members of The Calais School hearing what type of services would be offered to help our son, we knew The Calais School was the missing piece to our puzzle! Because of the positive learning environment at The Calais School, coupled with cutting edge learning materials, we have seen wonderful growth academically. The […]
“Our son has been a student at The Calais School and we have seen enormous progress academically, socially and very importantly emotionally. The exceptional teachers and counselors have been an essential part of his success. The nurturing staff gave him the tools to strengthen his capabilities to deal and navigate through stressful situations. This has […]
“My child has benefited from going to The Calais School because the faculty understands my child’s academic and social needs. They find strengths and weaknesses in those areas and build on them in his educational program.”
“The Calais Staff has literally saved our son’s life. THEY ALL TRULY CARE about OUR child. I wish they had more schools that specialize in our children’s needs like The Calais School. We are very happy to share with you that our son is now a senior and is looking ahead at college to continue […]
My child has benefited from going to The Calais School because the faculty understands my child’s academic and social needs. They find strengths and weaknesses in those areas and build on them in his educational programs.
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