Traumatic stress flips a switch in the brain from a naturally ready-to-learn state to a threatened state. Kids need three things to switch it back:
• Safety – the number one priority of a service dog is to keep people safe
• Secure attachment – a comforting and calming friend who never judges or loses patience
• Skill building competencies – lessons and exercises to help young children develop social emotional skills, such as agency, self-regulation, and a growth mindset
Breathing Bouncy, the animatronic dog, is a classroom service dog who teaches kids breathing-based self-calming, perseverance, and positive-self talk, resulting in a decrease in tantrums, anxiety, roughhousing and disruptive behavior. Bouncy uses direct instruction, music, dance, games, self-reflection, and community-building exercises to develop agency, self-regulation, and growth mindset. Bouncy invites forth the greatness of every child, regardless of background or ability.