Autism and Service Dogs

First, do you really need an autism service dog?

Special trained dogs can help people with disability to become more independent, including people with autism. For adults and teens, an service dog is much more practical, because they are capable of handling the dog by themselves. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that autistic children cannot have service dogs, on the contrary, they could benefit kids with autism in a lot of ways. For example, if the child doesn’t come or respond when called, the dog can help you find him/her quickly, especially in school or other public places. Also, the dog could help the child become more social with their peers. These are the bright side of an autism service dog, but, you have to look at the dark side also to make an final decision. The dark side is that the child cannot take care of the dog, the parent have to look after the dog, too. And the fee of an autism service dog is very high. Besids, a dog has about the same intelligence as a three year old, would you trust a three year old with the care of your child? Ok, all things considered, let’s suppose that you still want a dog, then you must pay attention to the following questions.

Second, what is the right Service Dog breed for autistic people?

These dog breeds are recommended for people on the autism spectrum, Newfoundland, bloodhound, border collie, Yellow Labs, golden retriever or other highly intelligent breed. Many large dogs are great with kid, gentle and peaceful. Try to avoid small dogs. I cannot say which breed is the best for children with autism, after all every autistic person is different. You may need to hire an animal behavioral consultant to pick up a dog with you and your child. You can choose several most gentle dogs and bring them outside to meet your child to see which one can socialize with her/him best.

Third, how to pick up an autism service dog?

Proper training is the key in an autism service dog. Official service dogs are strictly trained on how to behave with people. Also, the match of the personality of the dog and the child is very important.

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Autism in Adults – Effectively Living With and Handling a Sufferer With This Condition

Whatever you do when you live with an autistic adult, you are going to have to work on both of your communication skills. How well you are able to communicate with the patient and how well they are able to communicate with people on the outside is a very serious matter that you cannot take for granted.

If it takes you years, you are going to have to teach the autistic adult how to relay what they are trying to say to the outside world and how to get the messages being relayed to them. This will take lot of patience from you because autistic adults are usually not predisposed to learning.

If you are able to stay well enough with the autistic adult to help them regain some or all of their skills, some patients with the condition have actually been known to pursue various careers in life, such as writing, mathematics, or even veterinary medicine. You can help them develop various special strategies to overcome their various impairments, and how to interpret the facial expression of others.

No, the patient is not cured, but their condition is greatly improved. They may still require some kind of social support from you, and in very severe cases of autistic disorder, you may have to put the patient in some kind of residential community.

If it is any consolation, you aren’t the only one tackling adult autism in the country, and as autism research commences, your hopes of one day having a loved one who can love you back the same way may some day be realized.

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