GAUTENG NEWS – Autism Support Dogs – AUTISM AWARENESS DAY 2ND APRIL
The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is 2 April 2016.
Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. How will you celebrate?
Use #LIUB to share your experience across social media and help light the world up blue this April!
Find out which major global landmarks will light up blue in 2016.
Join us to Light It Up Blue! Visit www.AutismSpeaks.org/LIUB
The training of Autism Support Dogs is relatively new to S A Guide-Dogs Association.
Children with Autism tend to run off when they are distracted, our specially trained Autism Support Dogs held with this problem.
The dogs are controlled by a primary caregiver, usually a parent
A harness with an additional lead is worn by the dog. The child holds onto the lead. In most cases the child is happy to hold onto the lead of their own accord.
Benefits have been observed in children with autism who have Autism Support Dogs. The dog provides a distraction to bring the child out of their own world, the dog provides undemanding company and unconditional love and the dog assists with sensory problems and provides interaction opportunities (with the dog itself) and other people.
Because these dogs are allowed in public spaces, wearing a jacket identifying them as Autism Support Dogs, parents have found the public in general are less critical and more understanding of the challenges that the child faces.
Often the dog’s calming nature benefits the family as a whole and can assist the child in bonding with another being.
Find out more about the work we do – http://www.guidedog.org.za/autism-support-dogs/