Unfortunately, due to the length of our waiting list for Autism Support Dogs, applications are not being accepted. Please visit this page for updates.
Autism Support Dogs are specially selected dogs that are trained to work with children with autism.
The Autism Support Dog’s primary role is to help with the tendency of children with autism to bolt or run off when distracted.
The dog is controlled by a primary handler, usually a parent or caregiver. The dog wears a soft harness; a lead is attached to this soft harness and the child holds this lead.
There are various added advantages in owning an Autism Support Dog including:
- Companionship for children who are often lonely due to their autism.
- Assisting with speech therapy, general lessons and tactile issues.
- Improved confidence.
- Provides physical pressure needed in times of anxiety.
- Interaction free from demands.