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Midmorning with Aundrea - October 21, 2019 (Part 2) [ENCORE PRESENTATION]

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Midmorning with Aundrea - October 21, 2019 (Part 2) [ENCORE PRESENTATION]

Midmorning with Aundrea - October 21, 2019 (Part 2) [ENCORE PRESENTATION]

(Part 2 of 2) A new pilot program has been introduced to an Indiana elementary school in which trained service dogs are allowed to mingle with the students for a calming influence.

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Midmorning with Aundrea - October 21, 2019 (Part 2) [ENCORE PRESENTATION]

The's ne there's a new staff member on the job at an indiana.

Mary daly elementary has a dog.

The goal is to bring a calming and soothing effect in the classroom.

Ed ernstes has the details.

Elkhart county, in josh nice/principal christina gates/ therapy dog handler nevaeh flowers/1st grade a new pilot educational program....is underway at mary daly school.

It involves goldie..a therapy dog.

Once a week goldie and handler christina gates....visit the school for two hours.

For many students just being able to pet the dog can go a long way.

Josh nice/principal there is plenty of research on just what petting a dog, for a certain number of minutes does to calm us, and help our stress levels, for the kids, they come in with all sorts of things, just like we adults do, and the dogs can be soothing and calming and help them start thier day right.

These are some of the best trained dogs you will find the service dog goldie has been used in a variety of ways here already at mary daly elementary school, helping them to read and encouraging them to read and just calming them down, the children the students under a marked transformation, when goldie first enters the room christina gates/ therapy dog handler their reading programs, i've noticed in the school, the kids, that didn't want to read before, we come into the class, the dogs will sit with them and the kids are now reading out loud.

So we have a calming affect, i think in the classroom.

They definitely pay attention when we walk in goldie has had a positive effect on the students.

Nevaeh flowers/1st grade if they are feeling sad, goldie could hep them turn their day around and make them more excited.

She is cute and fuffy with me alexander jones i love you dog and the dog says i love you too.

The dog is just happy, the dog is just having fun ed ernstes wsbt 22 news.

The program is a unique group in california is bringing the joys of cycling to the blind and visually impaired.

Nichelle medina shows how it's transforming lives through tandem biking.

:09-:11 rocky camp/blind stokers club :44-:50 dave white/blind stokers club founder "stokey are you ready?

Let' do this" rocky camp is ready to ride.

Nats..i'm living again.

Despite having a condition that robbed him of his sight.

"retiniti pigmentosa a veterinarian and triathlete, the 65 year old struggled with the diagnosis.

"feelin isolated, dependent, fearful.

His condition took a toll, not just emotionally.

"i was definitel getting weaker and i didn't have the endurance that i used to have and it came back very quickly."

He credits this man.

Together, rocky and dave white have pedaled their way across southern california.

In 2007, dave started "th blind stokers club"-a captai with vision is paired with a blind partner called a stoker "we will tak and support a stoker who wants to ride recreationally, once or twice a month..

All the way to someone who wants to compete" research shows people with vision loss are more likely to suffer from depression.

Psycologists say cycling can improve mood and relieve anxiety and stress.

"i love jus looking and seeing the smile and the expressions when we go different places or go downhill or feel a breeze come across us.."

I feel normal" rocky's enjoying experiences he thought were lost forever.

"there's chance my kids may get this, it's a genetic disease and i want to be a good example to them that life will go on" he's says it's all part of the journey.

Nichelle medina, cbs news, solana beach, california.

The club has 140 active members and rolls along on grants and donations.

Th andor that and more on the




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