Book Buddies is a program where children volunteer to read books to sheltered cats. Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing, children with conditions like autism can improve in their reading.
For years, whenever his mother, Katie, tried to get Colby to read, it usually ended in tears and a tantrum. “He’d get himself so frustrated and upset. He’d cry, ‘I can’t do this, I don’t want to, I’m dumb and I’m stupid.’”
Soon after Colby began reading to the cats, his report card went up two grades.
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