Dog Provides Safety and Security to Child with Asperger’s Syndrome

autism dogJavan Olson, a seven-year old that is diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, has found help and companionship in a service dog. Rosco is a silver Labrador that helps the child keep calm, and also provide safety and security. The dog visits the Olson family every two months since December.

Without the dog at his side, the child can be very aggressive, angry, and panics. There are even times that being around strangers can be very troubling for the child. After doing some research, the family found “Made in Texas Assistance Dogs” and acquired the help of Rosco in the process.

Until the dog’s training is completed, he will continue to provide security for Javan every two months.

Boy With Autism Share Special Bond With Cat

autism catFraser Booth was diagnosed with autism at the early age of 18 months old. Louise, the boy’s mother, was told that the boy would never fit into a normal school due to his extreme behavior. The boy was then introduced to a cat named Billy, of which an immediate spark between the two was made.

When the two met, the cat was able to instantly calm the boy; something his mother would have to go to great lengths before achieving this feat. Before, the boy’s mother and father used to help each other just to get the boy to take a bath. Now, it would only take the cat to put both his paws on the edge of the water to calm the boy and take his bath properly.

The mother states that the boy and his cat are now like best friends.

Source: Billy the rescue cat helps young boy with autism

Freshman With Autism Shows Improvement Because of Service Dog

autism dogSylvia the service dog has a deep connection with her owner Nathan Selove. The freshman suffered intense bullying in elementary school and worsened in high school all because of his condition. The boy suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and this lead to people to not understand his condition.

Upon acquiring the dog, the Selove family still had problems as Nathan could not bring his dog to school (or inside buses) because of several setbacks. The battle was fierce but as luck and prayers were answered, new laws were governed by Virginia Delegate Mark Cole that service dogs be allowed to assist their owners or handlers and that places were to accommodate them.

Since becoming a freshman, the boy’s condition significantly improved and, as a bonus, the bullying has been lessened to an immense degree.

Source: Freshman Nathan Selove has special bond with disability dog

‘Hero’ for Child With Autism

hero dogIt has only been two weeks since 5-year old Hunter Pierce has received a service dog and it has already made a huge impact on his condition. The boy is diagnosed with autism at the early age of 2 and his mother has been on a fundraising effort for a service dog for nearly two years. Tamara, a single mom, and her efforts have all paid off when they welcome a 10-month old Labrador named Hero into their family.

Although the improvements on the boy’s condition has been great over the past two weeks, the family still knows that there is still a lot of work ahead.

Source: Service dog helping child with autism

Hamsters for Autistic Children

autism hamsterA Russian dwarf hamster has probably been the best partner for H, a boy with autism. She has brought out the best in him and helped him in terms of emotional and social development than what any other person had already tried to do but with little success.

The hamster had also persuaded the boy to join his PE lessons. For H, a star chart for his hamster is just appropriate. The connection between effort and reward has suddenly “clicked” his mind and pursued him to do things in which he could gain rewards.

Source: Why buying a hamster for a child with autism was a genius idea

Service Dog for Autistic Children

autism dogBuster, a 6-months old black Labrador, helps autistic children in New York in enhancing their communication skills. From the moment he enters the room, children and adolescents instantly improve their impaired social interaction.

The Amazing Kids Club, an organization for autistic children, introduced the Labrador as part of the program to help kids improve their social relationships through interaction and touch. The dog also helps establish routines and provide traditional support which is difficult for children with autism and behavioral disorders.

Source: Service dog build communication skills for children with autism

Horse and Speech Therapy to Aid Boy with Autism

hippotherapyEddie Arlt is diagnosed with several disorders namely ADD, ADHD, and executive function disorder. These disorders affect his behavior, speech, and language function. The young boy is currently undergoing great improvements through hippotherapy (or therapy through horses).

The therapy program is different from “therapeutic” riding as hippotherapy refers to the use of movement of a horse as a treatment strategy for physical, occupational, and even speech-language therapy. Chrissy Daly serves as the child’s therapist and is a speech-language pathologist for the Stillwater Sweet Grass Educational Cooperative. The therapist says that the benefit is the development of skills that will transfer into other environments.

After two years of hippotherapy, Eddie is now able to interact and communicate better.

Source: For Columbus boy, horse therapy, speech therapy combine to ease autism symptoms

Horse Therapy Helps Non-Verbal Autistic Child

Boy riding a horseA combination of technology and an equine program can help autistic children develop basic social and coping skills. Luke, a boy diagnosed with autism, participates in horse therapy.

The curriculum is not limited to riding. Stimulation on and off the horse, in the barn and stables and around the other participants play a vital role in the way a kid responds to his or her surroundings. Trainers also make use of an iPad to help keep a child engaged.

Luke has displayed progress, as he is now able to use longer words. One of the primary goals of the equine program is building a better communication line between the participant and his or her family.

Autistic Girl Leans On Service Dog For Guidance

Girl and dogWith the help of a certified service dog, an autistic child learns to cope with her medical condition in public. Claira Beth, a 4-year-old girl who was diagnosed with autism, walks around with Soliel, a trained service animal, reports Lisa Rogers of The Gadsden Times.

Soliel is specifically trained to tether, track the girl’s scent if she gets lost, and provide comfort during behavioral fits. The animal goes wherever Claira goes, including school. Her classmates have been briefed not to touch or taunt the canine when it has a red bandana on. A green bandana means that the students can approach the dog.

Claira’s parents knew something was different about their daughter. She did not respond to her surroundings like other children. After her diagnosis, their first option was APA class, which was too expensive. When the mother found out about 4 Paws for Ability, she knew it was right for her precious child.

Since acquiring Soliel, the little girl has been showing signs of social development. In the years to come, the family hopes she continues get better.

Source: Young girl with autism gets help from service dog

Couple Starts Equine Program For Kids And Adults

Horseback ridingEquine therapy has been increasingly in demand in the past decade. Mary and Ron Murphy, individuals who operate Blue Mountain Therapeutic Riding, provides horse programs for a wide range of people with disabilities, reports Karlene Ponti of Union Bulletin.

Most of their participants are children who are diagnosed with illnesses such as autism or ADHD. The couple indicates that their curriculum can boost social skills such as confidence. It can also develop muscle movement and focus. This is done through a series of verbal commands that a kid must give to the horse during the session.

The duo is currently in training to receive their certification from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship by October. Part of the requirements includes volunteer work. Both individuals have a passion for horses and kids and are working hard to enhance their equine program.

Source: Blue Mountain Therapeutic Riding offers disabled people a bit of therapy