Children get maximum benefit from Autism assistance dogs. To calm and grounding the person who falls in autism spectrum via tactile and /or deep pressure stimulation dogs are trained.
These dogs also assist in teaching life skills and maintaining boundaries. Handler normally a child or could be older person who may or may not show visible disability.
Autism person may or may not verbal and may be less communicative.
Autism Assistance dogs presence can help with emotional incidents by touching or applying deep pressure to the handler and dogs may be tethered to child to prevent wandering.
In case the handler is nonverbal then the dog carries emergency protocol and contact information in the vest. Otherwise, these dogs don’t have distinguishing gear.
Autism assistance dogs and sensory processing disorder dogs fall into same category and perform similar tasks.
Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: May 16, 2018