Trained Service Dogs for People with Autism
Condition disturbing perceptions and relationships: a
disturbance in psychological development in which use of
language, reaction to stimuli and interpretation of the
world, and the formation of relationships are not fully
established and follow unusual patterns.
Dogs have been proven to
be an asset for children diagnosed with autism and their
family. Autism Service Dogs provide a social "bridge" for
children who are often secluded by others because of
their behavior or lack of social interaction. A
well-trained Autism Service Dog can also provide comfort as well as
calm children who suffer.
An Autism Assistance Dog
or Autism Service Dog can change the lives of a family
with a child that has been diagnosed with autism or
autistic symptoms. The diagnosis of Autism can turn a
family's life and normal schedules upside down but with
the help of a trained a Autism
Service Dog, some of the intense pressures can be
Service Dog Training
tasks represent what an Autism Service Dog is capable of performing. Each
autism service dog is specifically trained to their owners personal needs based on their medical condition and may or may not include the
following tasked described.
Trained dogs to
respond to the following Autistic symptoms:
Running - dog will help retrieve and get child
back to parent
- Self Harming
Behavior - dog will interrupt behavior and alert
- Awakening at
Night - dog will bark to alert parents
- Interpret Mood
Swings - dog will crawl into child's lap to calm
Social Isolation - child tends to focus on dog
Child - child learns to give dog commands
- PICA - dog
will stop child from eating inappropriate items
Stimulation - dog can interrupt behavior
Benefits of Having
an Autism Assistance Dog
There are countless benefits of owning an assistance
dog for children and families affected by autism. Autism
Service Dogs are faithful companions that assist these children
and families with activities of daily living as well as
increasing the safety of the child and reducing the
stress level of their family. Other advantages of having
an autism assistance dog are:
social interaction - assistance dogs have proven
to improve social skills and social interaction with
children affected by autism. These dogs are
naturally interesting which often draws the
attention of the autistic child as well as others.
repetitive behaviors - dogs can be taught to
nudge a child that is performing repetitive
behaviors, this touch is often all that is required
to redirect the child from these behaviors.
independence - assistance dogs can provide
independence by allowing the child to walk with the
dog as opposed to constantly holding the hand of a
parent or adult. These highly skilled dogs can
assist the child while under the direction of the
vocabulary - children with autism are often
noticed to have an increase in vocabulary after
being paired with an assistance dog. The children
seem to be more comfortable in speaking with the dog
which transfers more verbal interaction with people.
quality of sleep - assistance dogs provide a
certain level of comfort that can often improve a a
child's ability to sleep more throughout the night.
- Overall calming
ability - when performing everyday tasks,
children feel less pressure working with a dog as
opposed to their peers. The tactile experience of
having a dog as a companion has also proven to
provide calming effects. Autistic children who work
with dogs have been documented to feel less anger
and experience less act of aggression compared to
the time before receiving an assistance dog.
children quickly - these assistance dogs are
taught to track the child in the event that they
bolt or become missing. These dogs are capable of
locating the child in a variety of environments and
terrain. This ability to locate the child quickly,
greatly reduces the risk of serious harm.
4 Hope trains Autism Service Dogs to assist the
person with autism and help them gain the independence
and the confidence to perform daily activities similar
to most people. An Autism Service Dog trained by Canines
4 Hope will help a person or child living with Autism
prioritize incoming information and assist in handling
normal situations in a proper manner.
Canines 4 Hope personalized training of an Autism
Assistance Dog will help enrich the lives of the family
and provide a child with autism the companionship,
protection and independence they deserve.
If you or someone you love has autism, give us a call at
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We will be glad to answer any questions about Autism
Service Dogs and how we can customize a dog training
program to suit your needs.
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Canines 4 Hope in the news!
Palm City service dog to assist South Carolina 4 year old on the Autism spectrum
PALM CITY, Fla. - Sunday's Autism Speaks Walk is set to bring thousands to the Meyer Amphitheater - all of them fighting for one common goal - finding a cure.
On the eve that event, one family from South Carolina traveled all the way to the Treasure Coast - hoping to make a special connection for their very special son.
Everyone knows there's nothing like the bond between a boy and his dog.
But for 4-year-old Tyler and his new dog 'Cookie', this bond may be stronger than most.
"We just can't wait to see what the future holds, and wait to see how they just complete each other," Tyler's mother Kimberly McFadden says.
Cookie may very well be the missing piece for Tyler, who is on the Autism spectrum.
"He's all over the place when we go out," McFadden says. "He just takes off...and he's almost been hit by a car several times."
The family, living in Charleston, heard about 'Canines for Hope' in Palm City
"We're an organization that trains service animals for people with disabilities," says Jason Devito, owner of Canines for Hope.
Tyler's family decided to pair him with a new canine friend.
Devito says in Tyler's case, it'll be hard not to get attached to Cookie, because he'll literally be attached to Cookie.
"Cookie will be trained to anchor him," Devito says. "So if he has that desire and instinct to pull or run off or dart off, he'll be toting around a 75 pound dog at his side."
Before that connection takes place, there was another connection necessary to the success of this union - and the two passed with flying colors when they met for the first time on Saturday.
"I was really shocked to see how quickly he warmed up to Cookie," McFadden says.
"He's a little bit on the unique side, where he gravitated to the dog so quickly," Devito added.
With more training ahead for Cookie, It'll be a few more months before the two are united for good.
See the whole WPTV article and
Miguel's Story -
Autism Service Dog
five year old son Miguel is the most precious gift in my
life. He was recently diagnosed with Autism. My husband
and I were very concerned and overwhelmed when we heard
Miguel has a limited vocabulary and rarely speaks. He
suffers from mood swings and has violent tantrums
several times a day. Miguel receives occupational and
speech therapy several times a week. As a parent there
is nothing that I wouldn't do to help my son. After
countless hours of research on the internet for ways to
cope, and to improve my sons quality of life, we were
blessed with a gift from God. A service dog.
Lucy is a one and a half year old Golden Retriever who
is being trained to work with our son Miguel. Lucy is
Miguel's new best friend and the two of them are
inseparable. In the short period of time since Lucy's
arrival, we have seen a significant improvement in
Miguel's behavior and speech development. He is a much
happier little boy. His outbursts have diminished
greatly, and his recovery time has improved.
Lucy offers Miguel
unconditional love and companionship. Miguel's speech
therapist and Occupational Therapist are now integrating
Lucy into their sessions. For example, the speech
therapist uses Lucy to help Miguel learn Lucy's body
parts. His increased vocabulary has greatly improved his
social skills and his ability to communicate with family
If you have a special needs child and want to do
something to improve their quality of life we definitely
recommend the addition of a service dog into you life.