Service Dogs For Autistic Children
Service dogs can be very beneficial for autistic children—they can help with sleep disturbances, prevent the child from wandering off, keep the child calm and peaceful, and they also provide a social bridge to help children with autism connect to their peers.
The child will talk to their dog and eventually learn to provide voice commands. Communication with adults, siblings and peers improves dramatically, and eye contact increases as a direct result. The interaction with an autism service dog also expands the child’s attention span and interest in activities.
A child with an autism service dog tends to be more at ease in their environment. The therapeutic effect is shown to lessen the frequency and severity of temper tantrums and meltdowns. Autism dogs can also trained to stop a child fself-harm,and repetitious behavior. The dog are taught to nudge, kiss, cuddle and calm the child to channel the behavior elsewhere.
Is your dog over 4 months old?