Woman’s Day Magazine‘s September 2016 edition features our very own Cali and Ms. Casey Butler (now Mrs. Roerden!). The Back-to-School feature on The Calais School discusses how Cali, our stress-sniffing service dog, helps students with mood or anxiety disorders, ADHD, and autism in the special education school setting.
Each school day, Calais students are greeted “with a sniff and a wagging tail” by Cali, one of the school’s three service dogs–Cali, Cleo, and Sage. Cali joined the school three years ago through a partnership with Merlin’s KIDS, a nonprofit dedicated to providing service dogs for children with special needs, as well as veterans, firefighters, and others who live with PTSD. Cali is specifically trained to detect high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Cali signals to Casey when a student’s cortisol levels are elevated so they can help the student de-stress with the Calais counseling team.
Please read how eloquently Casey discusses how working with Cali transforms not only her students, but her too:
I’ve been become a better person over the past three years–less judgemental, more loving, more in tune with my feelings and others’. To witness the quiet comfort my students get just sitting with Cali in silence is a lesson in itself. She is the definition of unconditional love.
Click the image below for the full-page story. Learn more about our Animal Adaptive Therapy program here and scroll down for a video glimpse into the life of a Calais service dog!
Most students at one time or another have been overwhelmed with the stresses of the educational system. For special needs students, the stakes are even higher. That’s where The Calais School comes in. Read more
The Calais School on Reynolds Avenue completed a back-to-school supply drive Monday with the delivery of enough backpacks and supplies for all the 90 special needs students the school will be teaching this fall.
Read the article on the Hanover Eagle.
When students at the Calais school arrive at school each day, they are greeted by Cali, a Rhodesian Ridgeback who calmly walks up to each child and subtly sniffs their breath to check for signs of the stress hormone cortisol. Read More
Each morning, Cali, an 18-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, patiently waits for the K-12 students to pass through the doors of the Calais School in Whippany, N.J. As they walk by, Cali sniffs each one. Read More
Services dogs are members of the full-time faculty at the Calais School.
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We all feel stressed sometimes – kids included. When that happens, say scientists, our bodies release the hormone cortisol.
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Cali, a 21-Month-Old Rhodesian ridgeback, sits patiently outside the Calais School in Whippany. This morning, 85 K-12 students will pass through the doors — and Cali will sniff each one.
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The entire staff at The Calais School are very supportive. I cannot say that I have any favorites because I love everyone equally. They are all so wonderful. They all work very hard to make me feel comfortable and help me to succeed. When I first came to The Calais School, all of counselors helped […]
The Calais School helped prepare me for the future because they taught me how to open up and express my feelings. I learned not to be afraid to ask any questions. And I learned how to let people love me.
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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