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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

Amanda Heldsinger
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ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
May 2005
Date of Death
March 5, 2007
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We adopted Francis,along with his brother Patrick, 2 years ago and could not believe how

much we would grow to love these little guys.  Francis had seemed his usual happy self

right up until we went to take them out for a little exercise on Monday night and sadly

he had passed away.  We will miss him and think about him every day and hope that

somehow Patrick will be able to live without his constant companion.  Hopefully

Cooler, Chazzy, Nickers and Grandpa were there to welcome him home.  Godspeed


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