Exploring Digitalization of Animal-Assisted Reading

Daphna Golan-Shemesh, Tsippy Lotan, Yana Zadorozhnaya, Anna Zamansky, Tamar Brilant, Kira Ablamunits, Dirk Van Der Linden

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Animal-assisted reading is a form of animal-assisted activity where children interact with and read aloud to specially trained therapy dogs. Such activities have been shown to have positive impact on literacy skills, reading motivation and sense of empowerment and self-esteem in children. Mobile technologies and facets of engagement in digital reading are increasingly studied in the context of child learning and education. This short paper presents some first results of our ongoing study exploring potential ways in which mobile technology can be used to enhance and support animal-assisted reading activities for children.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationACI 2021 - 8th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, Proceedings
ISBN (Electronic)9781450385138
StatePublished - 8 Nov 2021
Event8th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, ACI 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 8 Nov 202111 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference8th International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, ACI 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • Animal-assisted reading
  • Animal-computer interaction
  • App design
  • Child
  • Support dog

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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