Therapy dogs have been around for a while but it was not until recently that research has been done to discover the benefits that they may have on children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. According to HealthDay.com one study found that students were more talkative and engaged during therapy sessions where a dog was present. In another study kids were less aggressive and smiled more when their therapy session included a canine companion. In order to provide students with this experience, AOWL incorporates a therapy dog into our students learning. Each week every class spends an hour with a therapy dog in their classroom.