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Help Provide Autism Service Dogs

Help Autism Service Dogs Help Others.

Autism service dogs provide companionship, safety and security.

Listen to the audio and read the article about autism service dogs, You will see how easy it is to  help a children get autism therapy dogs.

 

In the province of Ontario there is a registered Canadian Charity, Autism Dog Services Inc (ADS). ADS provides Autism service dogs for children afflicted with autism and it’s related disorders.

 

ADS is a grass-roots, volunteer based organization.

 

Anyone who has ever had a dog as a child understand how unique the relationship and bonding is. Imagine if you were afflicted with autism disorders and your challenges were in verbal communication?

 

Dogs don’t need you to assimilate a thought and form a sentence then express it orally correct pronunciation, maintaining balanced tone.

 

They just want to have fun with you, then eat and sleep.

 

The therapy from Autism service dogs comes in companionship and independence, safety and security. The benefits of  an autism service dog are detailed on website of ADS.

 

How does an autism service dog work for a child?

 

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Pup in training, Cora resting after a busy wait list information event. photo: ADS

ADS service dogs are handled by the child’s caregiver (parent or legal guardian). The service dogs are trained to respond and follow commands given by the child’s caregiver, while at home and in the community or by an educator, while at school. The caregiver is fully responsible for the service dog’s care and maintenance (i.e. maintaining service dog training, health care, feeding, grooming and exercise).

The caregiver acts as a liaison between the child with autism and the service dog. The child is responsible for assisting the caregiver with tasks relating to the service dog to enhance the child’s communication, socialization and independence.
A service dog from ADS is identified by the red service dog jacket worn while accompanying the child in public settings at all times. The service dog jacket is equipped with a foam handle or short leash for the child to hold on to. ADS issues “public access identification cards” to all certified service dog teams.

This card is carried in the service dog’s jacket and is available for identification purposes by the public upon request to identify the dog as a certified service dog. Service dogs have the right to public access in the province of Ontario. ADS is an approved and recognized member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI), a governing body that establishes and set standards for assistance dog programs world-wide.

ADS meets the standards for service dog teams established by ADI. ADS conducts scheduled ADI public access tests and regular follow-up visits for all service dog placements to ensure the service dog continues to meet these standards. For more information on ADI visit www.adionline.org

I wanted to congratulate Don Penney and his wife Debbie and help their son Stevie who ADS has given approval for an Autism service dog.

Stevie has been approved to receive an autism service dog from ADS. Don tells us from his website…

Stevie was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 3. The last two and a half years have been full of highs and lows, triumphs and disappointments, smiles and tears. Through it all Stevie has persevered and is now in a mainstream kindergarten class here in Canada.

He has made tremendous strides and we are extremely proud of our little boy. However, he still struggles with many basic tasks that neurotypical children his age take for granted. He is prone to wandering and darting away from us, particularly in public settings. He has hypersensitivity in all
of his senses.

He can easily go into sensory overload when met with the commotion of the everyday world. This overload can result in a total emotional meltdown complete with crying, screaming and self hitting. It has made life a challenge and a safety concern for all of us.

Despite the issues brought on by his autism, Stevie is a sweet, loving, happy boy. He is very social and enjoys the company of family, friends and his peers. He has a natural affinity for animals: cats, horses and especially dogs. When around a dog, Stevie’s demeanor switches from hyperactive, anxious and excitable to calm and focused. He is extremely gentle with dogs and will sit and pet their fur for long periods of time.

If you go to Don’s site you can find out more about what he is doing to help his son. Also you will be able to preview his album A Piece of  The Puzzle which is available for download on iTunes.  Sharing the music is great, even better would be sharing a dogs love and companionship with someone who could benefit immensely from it. Best would be sharing the music and sharing the love an autism service dog.

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