Dogs are near and dear to my heart for this reason: I love dogs.
And I love them all: little squishy dogs, old soul dogs, and even the naughty dogs.
I have always had at least one dog in my life. Dogs see your soul. Accept you. Adore you and love you. And in this world that is pretty extraordinary.
I have known for a long time that dogs were available to assist the blind, but, I’ve also learned that dogs are trained to help people with autism too.
1. Autism Dogs Provide Safety
Parents worry so much about the safety of their children with autism. Wandering away from their families or into the path of danger happens too frequently.
Autism service dogs are trained to stay close to their child, follow their child’s scent and assist with search and rescue. Another way autism service dogs provide safety is by tethering the child to the service dog to keep the child close. Moms have so much to do and so many details to keep up with that tethering takes the worry about a child wandering away.
2. Interrupting Repetitious Behaviors
Autistic meltdown or sensory processing overload is very real. Too much stimulus causes a breakdown.
Autism service dogs provide comfort and can interrupt behaviors or signal for help stopping a harmful behavior.
Friendship, Security and Transition Help
It’s good to have friends. When a kid with autism is struggling to make it through a new transition, this is where his dog can help.
Service dogs offer comfort, security, and stability during unfamiliar routines and transitions.
Below is a list of organizations working to connect people with autism to service animals.
53 Dayton Ave., Xenia, Ohio 45385
617 38th Street South,
Birmingham, AL 35222
Address: 4646 South Division, Wayland, MI 49348
Address: 1328 Wheaton
Troy, MI 48083
En Español: 1-888-772-9050
20340 SW Boones Ferry Road
Tualatin OR 97062
5610 Crawfordsville Rd, Suite 2101
Indianapolis, IN 46224
69156 Hwy 190 Service Rd., Covington, LA 70433
The Frances Hay Centre
Good Dog! Autism Companions
855 South Main Ave Ste K-162
Fallbrook, CA 92028
16450 Hwy 36 W., Red Bluff, CA 96080
Monday – Friday 9:00-5:00
P.O. Box 1100, Princeton, MA 01541
PO Box 219
Jamul, CA 91935
Telephone/Text (916) 701-6458
P.O. Box 1244
Solana Beach, CA 92075
7193 S Dillon Ct, Englewood, CO 80112
P.O. Box 375
Morristown, NJ 07963-0375
9036 Buckeye Court
Indianapolis, IN 46260
3160 Francis Road
Milton, Georgia 30004
PO Box 9572, Peoria IL 61612
7420 S. County Line Rd, Ste. 8 Burr Ridge IL, 6052
PO BOX 21
Midland Park, NJ 07432
9440 Science Center Drive
New Hope, MN 55428