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- Animals in Education, Play and Mental Well-Being
Welcome to Animals in Mind Blog - our space to share all about Animal Assisted Therapy, Animal Assisted Education and More! About me - Lynn Hart, I am a life-long animal lover, qualified teacher (PGCE), qualified in Animal Welfare and Behaviour (BSc Hons) and specialise in Animal Assisted Education and Therapy with an Masters in Education (MA Ed). I have personally and professionally experienced the profound effects of the human-animal bond from a very young age, initially with my childhood dogs Blackie and Dasher and latterly in my work in schools and colleges. One of the career changing moments for me came in 2018, when working in a Further Education College. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, all serious student behaviour issues came to my attention. This was, most often in a student disciplinary, when a teacher felt they could do 'no more' and a student was facing possible exclusion. One young lady who may never know the impact she had on me, changed my working life from the day I met her in an 'exclusion meeting'. I will call her Aneesha. Aneesha was struggling, she had been in and out of care for several years due to the substance abuse of the grown ups in her life. She 'acted up' in class, sought attention and struggled with behaviour management. At it's peak, she threw a chair at the teacher - distressing for all. When meeting Aneesha, she was 'shut down', would not look me in the eye, had her hood hiding her eyes and her head down. Trying to connect to reach out to find out more about her was not easy. I needed to find out what made her feel happy. Needless to say, the answer was 'when with her Aunties German Shepherd Dog'. Once our mutual connection about our love of dogs (and other animals) was established, this young woman managed to tell me what made her feel alive, how the dog brought her happiness, how he didn't judge her, and seemed to understand when she felt low. What she described, I now know to be the 'human-animal bond'. A bond that I have the pleasure in saying fulfils both my professional work and my my personal life. It is the reason why I share my life with a menagerie of wonderful and eclectic animals. Recognising the impact that animals had on people, particularly those who struggle in social settings (such as school) either emotionally, behaviourally or socially; Lynn set up Animals in Mind in 2021 and now offers Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Education. What we will blog about? Our blogs will be short and sweet (like Pippin, our Therapy Dog here!) and add to the growing information on benefits of the human-animal bond. We will cover everything related to Animal Assisted Therapy, a growing field in the UK. We will share our adventures through our Animal Assisted Education Activity. Importantly, we will share lots of fun and fascinating facts about what our lovely animal assistants have been up to! Stay connected Are you also amazed at the human animal bond? Are you intrigued about how animals can assist in education? Do you simply love seeing and hearing stories about companion animals. Do you want to hear more about the growing benefits and field of Animal Assisted Therapy or Education, then please subscribe for updates here.
- Grow Your Blog Community
With Wix Blog, you’re not only sharing your voice with the world, you can also grow an active online community. That’s why the Wix blog comes with a built-in members area - so that readers can easily sign easily up to become members of your blog. What can members do? Members can follow each other, write and reply to comments and receive blog notifications. Each member gets their own personal profile page that they can customize. Tip: You can make any member of your blog a writer so they can write posts for your blog. Adding multiple writers is a great way to grow your content and keep it fresh and diversified. Here’s how to do it: Head to your Member’s Page Search for the member you want to make a writer Click on the member’s profile Click the 3 dot icon ( ⠇) on the Follow button Select Set as Writer
- Now You Can Blog from Everywhere!
We’ve made it quick and convenient for you to manage your blog from anywhere. In this blog post we’ll share the ways you can post to your Wix Blog. Blogging from Your Wix Blog Dashboard On the dashboard, you have everything you need to manage your blog in one place. You can create new posts, set categories and more. To head to your Dashboard, open the Wix Editor and click on Blog > Posts. Blogging from Your Published Site Did you know that you can blog right from your published website? After you publish your site, go to your website’s URL and login with your Wix account. There you can write and edit posts, manage comments, pin posts and more! Just click on the 3 dot icon ( ⠇) to see all the things you can do. #bloggingtips #WixBlog
- Design a Stunning Blog
When it comes to design, the Wix blog has everything you need to create beautiful posts that will grab your reader's attention. Check out our essential design features. Choose from 8 stunning layouts Your Wix Blog comes with 8 beautiful layouts. From your blog's settings, choose the layout that’s right for you. For example, a tiled layout is popular for helping visitors discover more posts that interest them. Or, choose a classic single column layout that lets readers scroll down and see your post topics one by one. Every layout comes with the latest social features built in. Readers can easily share posts on social networks like Facebook and Twitter and view how many people have liked a post, made comments and more. Add media to your posts When creating your posts you can: Upload images or GIFs Embed videos and music Create galleries to showcase a media collection Customize the look of your media by making it widescreen or small and easily align media inside your posts. Hashtag your posts Love to #hashtag? Good news! You can add tags (#vacation #dream #summer) throughout your posts to reach more people. Why hashtag? People can use your hashtags to search through content on your blog and find the content that matters to them. So go ahead and #hashtag away!