Autism Service Dogs

Service dogs for children and adults with autism act as constant companions and provide:

  • Improved a child’s communication skills;
  • Increased social skills;
  • Help forming social bonds;
  • Easing difficult transitions;
  • Acting as a ballast to stop a bolting child;
  • Interrupting repetitive and/or injurious behaviors;
  • Finding a child who has wondered off;
  • Aid in transitioning a young adult with autism to increased independence and work within the community.

Most often the dog, child and a primary handler (parent) act as a team.  Some recipients with autism are able to pass the necessary tests to be primary handler of the dog.