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World’s Smallest Pup Makes Awesome Autism Therapy Dog

Meet Lucy. She is a Yorkshire terrier of the daintiest size, only 21/2 lbs.

World’s smallest working dog makes huge impact on kids with autism spectrum disorders.

She has the distinction of being named the world’s smallest working dog in the Guiness World Records.

Today Lucy is a very busy working dog. She works with the autistic students at Petway Elementary School. She is also a regular visitor to hospitals and nursing homes.

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World's smallest working dog, Lucy. An awesome autism therapy dog

Additionally she will work with teens in detention centers.

Hear teachers testimonials and what the kids have to say about Lucy in a post by Thomas Barlas, staff writer at http.pressofatlanticcity.com.

Lucy, the  Smallest of Autism Therapy Dogs

…Lucy the Yorkshire terrier is hardly intimidating.
That lack of intimidation is what makes Vineland school officials think she’s perfect to help students struggling with their reading.
Lucy is one of seven dogs — including two greyhounds and a poodle, a great Dane, a husky and another terrier — to which selected students get to read at Petway Elementary School. Troubled readers get 15 minutes with the dogs each week for eight weeks.
Petway social worker Leslie Smith said the 9-year-old program gives the students the chance to read to a furry, friendly animal. That provides the students with a more relaxing atmosphere than reading in a classroom to a teacher, she said.
Teachers who recommend students for the program, which is used in several district elementary schools, say it is working, Smith said.
“They all say that they see at least some improvement in reading and in self-confidence,” she said

Lucy has an interesting background, read more..

View a video of Lucy for MSNBC

She was rescued from animal hoarding and brought back to health. Now she helps others heal through Leashes of Love.

Do you think testimonials are enough or does there need to be scientific studies on the value of autism therapy dogs?

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