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ASD service dog

A service dog for a child or adult with autism acquires skills that facilitate both emotionally and physically on that person.

The dog learns tasks tailored specifically to the needs and abilities of his owner, but among other things the dog can be trained to identify unwanted repetitive behavior and stop this behavior by diverting his owner's attention (face licking, laying on his owner's feet, etc.), offer comforting behavior when dealing with sensory overload for those with sensory regulation difficulties, serve as a powerful motivational factor for practice including ABA and DIR work methods.

Beyond the functional aspect, the service dog's owner enjoys additional benefits.

The service dog gives a sense of security, reduces the level of anxiety from emergencies and improves the owner's sense of control and sense of self-ability.

The service dog meets every person's basic need to love and be loved, which is a significant need especially for a person with disabilities who often suffers from deterrence or social isolation.

Moreover, in the social context, the service dog functions as a natural "ice breaker", contributing to social connections and as for children, the dog can even improve their social status.

Like any dog, the service dog is also seen as a life companion, who gives the owner joy in difficult times and a reason to get up in the morning. The sense of responsibility for the dog's well-being has a positive effect on the daily routine and the level of daily activity.

Tasks may include:

Deep pressure to increase  self-regulation

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Interfere self-harming behaviors

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Aid when sensory overload

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Inform an adult during an emergency

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