Our organization provides the possibility of specially trained service dogs for families with autistic children. These dogs have a Service Dog Certificate from a global organization received after the end of their training.
What autism is:
Autism is defined as a complex neurobiological disorder that follows the individual throughout his or her life. Autism involves all levels of cognitive, emotional and behavioral development. The individuals with autistic syndrome have difficulties in:
- verbal or non-communication
- social interaction
- social imagination
Additionally, the autistic individuals express low to zero socialization with stiff routines and repetitive behaviors.
When the autism is presented:
A child can be diagnosed as autistic from the age of 3 years and onwards. However, according to more recent studies, signs of autism can be identified by the age of 6 months.
How a specially trained dog for autism helps these people:
- verbal or non-verbal communication
Through the trained service dog, the autistic person learns to recognize the emotions and to communicate through the body language. The service dog also helps the difficulties in one or more senses.
The etymology of the term autism derives from the word "self" and denotes the isolation of a self in itself. Studies show that people who get a service dog are making great progress in their social interaction. The dog helps the person to gain confidence in himself and reduces the fear of contact with other people. The person also stops feeling "cut off" from the community and the process of becoming part of it becomes more pleasant with reduced anxiety and panic attacks.
Moreover, equally important is the fact that the family of the autistic person stops feeling restricted, sideline and starts making daily procedures much easier.
Individual with autistic syndrome express severe or fair learning difficulties.
The dog can be used by the teacher or the special therapist as a means to facilitate the learning process. The dog helps the autistic person not to lose interest and attention during the course and reduce stress during teaching.
In the same way, the specially trained dog, facilitates the process for the family itself during the study at home.
- helps the autistic person to work more easily within a group
The autistic person who is accompanied by a service dog never feels alone and the contact with other people becomes easier and more pleasant. The service dog helps him to work within a group of people, wait his turn, be patient, be calm not nervous and communicate in a different way.
- Service dogs are driving force for sessions
Most of the time autistic people need to carry out speech therapy sessions, occupational therapy sessions and even physical therapy sessions. These sessions with the help of a service dog become more entertaining and achievable.
The service dog helps the autistic individual in learning the patience process when:
- he is surrounded by a lot of people
- he is queued in the supermarket
- he travels both inside and abroad
- When the service dog sleeps with the individual or is close to him, it helps in nightmares and panic attacks during the night.
- The service dog is a loyal friend and a therapist too for the autistic individual and his family. The dog will always be loyal and love the individual, it will never judge him but instead it will try to change his everyday life for the better by helping in the easiest to the most difficult daily procedures.