AUTISM SERVICE DOG
A Service Dog is valuable medicine for an Autistic child or adult. An autism service dog is specially trained to help a person with autism. An autism service dog is a service dog trained to assist a person with autism, to help them gain independence, confidence, and the ability to perform activities of daily living similar to anyone else. Some simple situations tend to be too over confusing for people with autism, for instance, running out of the house when the house catches fire. In such a situation, the dog can help the handler to realize the danger and move out of the house. They are also trained to alert the handler in case of simpler activities such as getting a call on the telephone or if a baby is crying.
Autism produces a variety of symptoms many of which may be mitigated through use of a Service Dog. Rhythmic behaviors are a hallmark symptom of Autism. Service dogs may be trained to physically interrupt the child from engaging in these repetitive behaviors and re-direct their attention elsewhere. Service Dogs for children with Autism can also be trained to get help when it is needed, draw attention to a child’s name being called, keep a child from wandering into roadways, help find a child that is lost and lead him safely home. Furthermore, the therapeutic relationship that is cultivated between dog and child has the capacity to reduce anger, aggression, and mood swings.
Service Dogs provide a means by which an autistic child or adult may practice essential social skills. A child must make eye contact and enunciate clearly, in order to communicate with the dog. The dog provides physical therapy for children by helping him with motor coordination during feeding times, on daily walks and poop detail. Occupational therapy is realized through grooming, manipulating buckles, leashes and clasps.
Service dogs for autism assist children in several ways: Service dogs provide the child/ adult challenged with autism an opportunity to safely access different environments which result in improved communication and social skills. The autism service dog’s presence offers a calming influence and provides a sense of security to the child and the parents. Abstract and concrete thinking advance, focus improves, and the length of attention span increases. Emotional outbursts occur less often. The important role of an autism service dog is affording the individual more independence and autonomy, helping those individuals become a viable part of the community at large