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Don’t Expel Autism Therapy Dogs From School

Don’t Expel Autism Therapy Dogs From School

A bill to admit autism therapy  dogs in New Jersey schools.

We all are aware of the ability of service dogs providing therapeutic value to humans. That includes persons with developmental disabilities, be they physical or mental.

There is a great story by Kristina Thomas of ThisWeek Community News. It’s about Kimberly Ebert, multiple-disabilities teacher who has been using autism therapy dogs for three years.

Autism Therapy Dogs In School

Man’s best friend again is proving its loyalty at Carlisle Elementary School as students with disabilities benefit from therapy dogs.

Kimberly Ebert, multiple-disabilities teacher at Carlisle, said this is her third year of using therapy dogs for her students.

The students also learn responsibility tasks by calling the dog, brushing it and giving it water and food.

“Not only does it teach the kids responsibility, but it’s also a reward for them,” she said.

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There is a move to provide autism therapy dogs to children in New Jersey’s schools.

Senator David Norcross of New Jersey introduced the bill. Autism Therapy Dogs will be allowed in shools to assist children with autistic disorders. The bill passed the State Senate and is waiting final approval from the State Assembly.

New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver needs to give her final approval for S. 1797. Let’s take a step toward helping children with autism succeed in school. Please take a second to read and then go sign the petition sponsored by The Autism Site.

Dear Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver,

Autism Service Dogs

Autism Service Dogs Proven Companions From The Autism Site

Children with autism and autism-related disorders can often meet difficulties being able to socialize and interact normally in school. They can have trouble coping with changes in routines and often encounter difficulty concentrating on one subject at once.

Trained service dogs can help children with autism adjust and relate more naturally to their school environment. These dogs are able to help children cope with stressful social situations, locate their children when lost or out of sight, and intervene when the child is engaging in repetitive behavior that might trigger unwanted responses.

Service dogs have proven to truly help children be able to cope with the everyday difficulties of autism-related disorders and function in their environments as normally as possible. New Jersey Senator David Norcross has introduced a bill that would allow children with autism-related disorders to use medically-approved dogs in schools. S. 1797 passed in the State Senate and now it goes to the State Assembly for final approval.

I am writing to ask that you give the final approval on S. 1797 so that children with autism have the best possible chance to succeed in school and beyond.

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New Jersey children have one of the highest rates of autism in the nation. Do you think it’s a good idea to use autism therapy dogs in schools? Please share the page so others can join in.