When he was younger, Jacob was diagnosed with autism, which makes him particularly sensitive to loud noises. Having spent so much time at the shelter, reading amid the sound of barking dogs, he's now better able to work through such distractions every day.
"Sometimes, loud noises used to make him cry or act out," Tumalan says. "But now, he's focused. He's learned to not let all the noises around him bother him. It's pretty awesome."
That, plus the fact that he's getting all that practice reading, has improved Jacob's overall performance as a student.
"It's been a huge thing. He's come a long way," says Tumalan. "I just got a report that my son is reading at almost a thrid-grade level now. It's really helped him, and the dogs too."
Truly a win-win.