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Service Dogs and Autistic Children – Pet Tip 253

Dogs help humans in so many ways. They help with companionship, with tasks that they carry out for us and sometimes they help make every day living much easier. Perhaps the best demonstration of this fact is when dogs help people with disabilities. Many of us have seen dogs helping blind people and many have heard of dogs that feel when a seizure in an epileptic person is about to occur and then protect them from injury. Dogs can also help aid autistic children and parents of autistic children in many ways as well. Recent studies suggest that the prevalence of autistic children in Canada may be 1 in 165 children or higher. Therefore, many people may well personally know of an autistic child in their extended family, or know of friends or acquaintances that have an autistic child. So how can dogs help these autistic children?

The National Service Dogs (NSD) organization in Ontario Canada, is one of the best organizations that specifically help train dogs to make the lives of autistic children better. You might be wondering how a service dog can be useful to autistic children

Maggie Dwyer
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Black Lab
Date of Birth:
June 1993
Date of Death
October 2006
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My name is Suzy and I have gone to doggie heaven the age of 91 dog years(13 human). I have loved many humans over those years.....and they have loved me. I will be watching over the humans, especially the three kids I helped raise(Maggie,Martine and Mark). Every time you throw a ball or stick, think of me as that is what I lived to do(I could do it all day!!) Thank you Kim and Ray for making my last months easier.

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