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25 January 2014

To Ease Transition, Adults With Autism Look To Dogs

While dogs have long assisted people with a range of physical and mental disabilities, their use for those with autism is a relatively new phenomenon.

Four-legged lifelines.

A trip to a shopping centre or an afternoon socialising is inevitably followed by a period of shutdown and then a cuddle with the dogs to take the edge off the overload. This is the quickest and most pleasant way to recover.

Here's the article that confirms my version of stimming.

Autism Service dogs are trained to help individuals on the autism spectrum. Autism service dogs are best described as a cross between seeing eye and hearing dogs as their tasks are similar. They are often trained to guide their handler through crowds , around hazards and to an exit, bathroom, car or home. They are also trained to find their handler or lead their handler to a person they were with when separated in a crowd or lead them to a quiet place. 

They are also trained intelligent disobedience where they will block the individual from walking into the street then refuse to more after given a cross command if a car is coming.these are some examples of seeing eye type tasks. these are important during sensory overload or just for navigating the environment safely.

Hearing tasks include alerting to name being called, phone ringing fire alarm going off or a knock on the door. these both help with sensory overload but also when the handler is tuning out sensory input.

When it comes to sensory over load the dogs are trained to apply deep pressure to help bring the handler out as well to help calm a meltdown.

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