SA Guide Dogs has a furious friend to support your autistic child

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Refilwe Moloto spoke with Autism Service Dog and Support Dog Trainer Adrian Naicker about open applications and how these service animals can benefit children with autism.

The South African Guide Dog Association has opened applications for children with autism to get specially trained autism support dogs to help them with their daily lives.

Refilwe Moloto spoke with Autism Service Dog and Support Dog Trainer Adrian Naicker about open applications and how these service animals can benefit children with autism.

Service animals can play a vital role in people’s lives.

The Association’s primary goal with its Autism Support Dogs is to ensure that children with Autism feel safe in potentially overwhelming situations.

Additionally, dogs have traits that ensure they will be calm and patient in all situations, which can help the child find companionship and security, while helping to build confidence in audience.

Applications are open to children ages 5-12 and an instructor will assess the child, family and dog to find the best fit.

For more, listen to the full audio above.


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