Lola, the Therapy Dog, helps children handle new situations!
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We are in love with Lola, the therapy dog! Lola is a five-pound Yorkshire Terrier who doesn’t seem to realize how small she really is. We can understand why she may not realize that she’s tiny because she does such important work. The Lola books explore both her life as a therapy dog and the way she handles challenges like going to the doctor’s office. These books are valuable tools for exploring concepts such as working hard and facing one’s fears. The author, Marcia Goldman, holds a masters degree in child development along with years of experience working with children with special needs. This experience shines through in her masterfully simple approach to making complex concepts accessible to all. Children will ask to read her books again and again.
Lola Goes to Work: A Nine-to-Five Therapy Dog has some fun printables and activities in her curriculum guide.
In Lola Goes to Work by Marcia Goldman we meet Lola on her journey to becoming a therapy dog. While the book is, of course, a re-creation of the training Lola did to be certified, the story is true. Lola has a regular schedule that includes visiting a preschool that is inclusive of children with special needs, as well as retirement homes and respite care facilities. The message for children is that if you work hard and don’t give up, you, too, can achieve your dreams. Lola Goes to Work also has some fun printables and activities in her curriculum guide.
It really doesn’t hurt that Lola is also adorable.
Lola Goes to the Doctor explores being brave even when inside you are feeling very nervous.
Children everywhere will identify with Lola as she faces her fear. This book is a great tool to help children feel more comfortable with going to the doctor. In fact, The Children’s Miracle Network made a video of the author, Marcia Goldman, reading Lola Goes to the Doctor so that children in 700 hospitals can find comfort in the bravery of this small dog.
The Lola Goes to the Doctor Curriculum Guide comes with fun printables like these:
Now, if you still aren’t convinced, look at how talented Lola is! She can even paint!
You can find more information about Lola at MarciaGoldman.com