“A child with autism (three years old) pointing to the fish in an aquarium.” The photo demonstrates a controlled randomized test by Kasari, Stephanny Freeman and Tanya Paparella to determine whether intensive training in sharing attention (in this case, pointing at fish) and pretend playing can lay the groundwork for the acquisition of language skills and subsequent normal development. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Suzi Q, a certified service dog, working in snow in Finland. She wears a colorful vest and an insulating underjacket with reflective markers, useful in winter when it’s dark up to 22 hours a day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Earlier, I blogged about children and adults with autism who either runaway or wander off. This is only my opinion but I believe a service dog may help autistic individuals not to stray away. We had a pet cocker spaniel and he followed Sarah where ever she went most of the time. Had he been trained he could have brought her back home when she strayed away and maybe helped her not to wander away again and again, but we did not know about service dogs back then. I would highly encourage getting a service dog for autistic individuals if you can. I understand they are expensive, but they could give you some piece of mind that your child is being protected. There are so many dangers out there and challenged kids and adults are more susceptible to these dangers. A dog could help curb these dangers, it’s worth checking into.
A service dog putting keys into his owner’s hand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
bravo- service dog (Photo credit: greenkozi)