Autism Support Dogs

S A Guide-Dogs Association train specially selected dogs to work with children with Autism. The Autism Support dog’s primary role is to help with the serious tendency of children with autism’ to bolt or run away.

The dog is controlled by a primary handler, usually a parent or caregiver. A soft harness with a lead attached is worn by the dog and which the child holds onto.

There are various added advantages in owning an Autism Support dog including:

Companionship for children who are often lonely due to their Autism.
Help with speech therapy and general lessons.
Assist with tactile issues.
Improve confidence often leading to some independence .
Provide physical pressure needed in times of anxiety.
Interaction free from demands.

These very special dogs can often aid in making a hostile world a bit friendlier.

To apply for a dog, click the following link:  http://www.guidedog.org.za/apply-dog/