Jackson the therapy dog

Joy Granados is shown with Jackson, a therapy dog who spends part of the school day at Thoreau Middle School. (Fairfax County Public Schools

The student-services department at Thoreau Middle School recently welcomed therapy dog, Jackson, as part of a clinical team.  

Research has shown that petting a dog can decrease levels of stress hormones, regulate breathing and lower blood pressure. It also promotes greater self-esteem and focused interaction with other students and teachers.

Jackson will be at Thoreau part-time with school social worker Joy Granados, visiting select classrooms and students and traveling the hallways at arrival and dismissal times.  Jackson has been certified as a therapy dog through Therapy Dog International, and is up-to-date on all his vaccinations.  

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