Autism Service Dogs
Dogs are near and dear to my heart for this reason: I love dogs.
And I love them all: little squishy dogs, old soul dogs, and even the naughty dogs.
I have always had my own dog in my life. A pet dog sees your soul. They become like family members. They accept you, adore you and give you unconditional love. And in this world that is pretty extraordinary.
I have known for a long time that hearing dogs and seeing-eye dogs were available to assist the deaf and blind, but, I’ve also learned that a trained assistance dog is available for autistic children.
Benefits of an Autism Therapy Dog
Parents worry so much about the safety of their children with autism. Kids wandering away from their families or into the path of danger happens too frequently.
Autism guide dogs are trained to stay close to their child, follow their child’s scent and assist with search and rescue.
Autism service dogs also provide safety is by tethering the child to the service dog to keep the child close. Moms have so much to do and so many details to keep up with that tethering takes the worry about a child wandering away.
A trained autism service dog adds an extra layer of physical and emotional security for a child with autism.
- help to explore public places
- navigate new environments
- provide physical safety
- assist to cross a busy street
- they are a great companion during leisure activities
- protect in dangerous situations
Service dogs are an emotional anchor and provide ongoing support with emotional outbursts, stress reduction and social skills practice. Service dogs can provide deep pressure to help calm and soothe the child.
Important Considerations When Applying for an Autism Therapy Dog
Start the application process early because there will be a waiting list.
Your entire family can be involved as the service dog teams find the right match and provide special training for your family. Your service dog will have full public access rights to assist your child.
Golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers are commonly trained therapy dogs, but many breeds are also trained for service.
Service Dog Organizations
855 South Main Ave Ste K-162 Fallbrook, CA 92028 760-913-9090
Midamerica Service Dogs' Foundation 7420 S. County Line Rd, Ste. 8 Burr Ridge IL, 6052 1-866-4PAWS-44 firstname.lastname@example.org