Dogs have been used as support for years, starting out as guide dogs for those with vision problems.
More recently, they’ve been employed to treat anxiety associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and for those with medical conditions such as seizures and diabetes.
Some dogs can sniff out cancer.
Recent research tells us that all kinds of pets can benefit those with autism. Pets attract others into interactions which develop confidence, assertiveness and increase social skills in children.
Having a dog gives kids on the spectrum greater opportunities for sensory activities such as brushing. Caring for a pet improves strength and coordination.
Responsibility, joy and a sense of well-being are the emotional benefits of a pet.
If you’re considering an autism assistance dog, consult with Autism Service Dogs of America to learn more.
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