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Four-legged counselor delights Prospect High students

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A student pets Junie, the school's "therapy dog." unconventional methods, such as therapy dogs, to help students cope. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

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Junie, a "therapy dog" lies on the floor in a classroom at Prospect High School. The 18-month-old golden retriever is one way this school is trying to help students cope with a rise in stress, anxiety and panic attacks. Many say these issues are a problem in schools across the country.

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Douglas Berg, a social worker at Prospect High School, watches as a student pets Junie.

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The four-legged member of the counseling team at Prospect High School waits patiently, as a crush of students fills the hallways. Her tail wags with the first pat on the head, then another and another."Puppy! Ohhh, puppy dog!" one teenager croons, as he affectionately tousles the ears of the 18-month-old golden retriever. Junie began her role as a "therapy dog" at the Mount Prospect school less than four months ago.It's just one of a number of ways high schools across the country are trying to address what some call an epidemic of stressed-out, overwhelmed students.
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    • A student pets Junie, the school's “therapy dog.” unconventional methods, such as therapy dogs, to help students cope. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)
    • Junie, a “therapy dog” lies on the floor in a classroom at Prospect High School. The 18-month-old golden retriever is one way this school is trying to help students cope with a rise in stress, anxiety and panic attacks. Many say these issues are a problem in schools across the country.
    • Douglas Berg, a social worker at Prospect High School, watches as a student pets Junie.
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