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MS in Special Education




This review observes the potential effects on students by having pets in the classroom. The author considers the effects of pets in the everyday classroom setting and through Animal Assisted Therapy Programs. It discusses what can be learned from an animal and concerns that may arise by exposing students to various animals. This review contrasts the many types of animals that may be found in the classroom to select the appropriate pet for the given environment. Twelve individuals participated in a survey to share their opinions of pets in the classroom. All participants stated that pets were in fact appropriate in the classroom, however, only two participants have pets in their classroom. This review challenges teachers to compare the potential benefits and concerns of having a pet in the classroom. It encourages teachers to carefully consider adding a classroom pet to each classroom.

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