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The Dog That Changed the Life of a Boy with Autism

Raising a child with autism is a challenge for any parent. This family found help from an unexpected source when they welcomed a therapy dog into their lives. You won't believe the transformation that has turned their lives around!
Therapy dogs can help people deal with both physical and emotional issues. Could you or your child benefit from interacting with animals?
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  • Service dogs are a blessing. They are highly trained for a specific disability or task. Blind, seizure disorders, diabetes, autism, PTSD are but a few and then there are those trained to sniff bombs, drugs, and disaster recovery.

    Therapy dogs, are not a highly trained as service dogs but provide comfort care and service to their communities. Students with special needs, children reading to dogs, those in nursing homes and memory units.

    I remember bringing my mom's dog for a visit when she was in a memory unit. Oh the mind they had. Paddy would also visit with the other residents. I remember one woman in particular. Her eyes told me she was interested. When I put Paddy (he was a little Cavalier) in her lap she stroked him. She hadn't spoken in over a year but as clear as day she looked at him isn said "kiss."

    Service, Therapy and all of our fur babies are a blessing! - 4/13/2017 11:29:31 PM
  • Dogs are not just for designated therapy. My dogs are pets but they know my emotions and read my body language very well. They know if I am sad, happy, and even alert to a medical condition I have. They have never been trained to do this. They just know me that well. - 4/12/2017 2:06:54 PM
  • BRLEE165
    Therapy dogs are awesome. We have one in the special needs school where I work. - 5/13/2016 9:55:52 PM
  • Not just dogs my cats can also. - 2/17/2016 9:21:13 PM
  • Dogs have a way of sensing things that often humans do not - very heartwarming. - 12/11/2015 10:23:31 PM
  • RDM1213
    much appreciated - 10/21/2015 9:33:31 PM
    Thank you for sharing your video with me! I really liked it! I'm torn between getting a cat
    or a dog! My Son has a Korean dog, I just love him, and I've had a cat before. If I go on
    vacation my girlfriend will watch my cat. I don't know if she would watch a dog! I hope
    everyone has a Marvelous & Blessed Monday! - 10/12/2015 10:17:21 AM
  • Thank you for sharing this video. This is wonderful! - 4/16/2015 9:49:33 AM
  • Thank you for posting this wonderful video! I am a Special Needs teacher who teaches students with Autism. It is great to see that these children are getting the much needed help and support they deserve.
    - 7/24/2014 9:36:05 AM
  • This is a beautiful video, I work at a college and last trimester they brought in therapy dogs for our students during mid terms and finals. They were a huge hit! - 6/13/2014 11:18:35 PM
  • thanks for posting this video - 4/1/2014 8:47:58 AM
    How wonderful are the people & the dogs who are doing this for those badly in need!
    Please keep up the good work. - 3/31/2014 6:50:18 AM
  • I remember, back in the 1950's being totally fascinated with Guide dogs for the blind. The level to which they had been trained was amazing to consider.

    Since my step-dad had to go into a senior facility, I learned how much more relaxed he was when one of the dogs had been brought to visit him. The facility couldn't keep the dogs on-site, but volunteers would bring dogs in every day to visit. Sometimes, a dog wouldn't leave a particular patient and the dog would just stay, totally concentrated on the one patient.

    The facility kept 2-3 cats and it seemed as if they just knew when a particular patient needed special attention.

    I asked the Lead Shift Nurses about the patients a dog or cat would stay with and she told me the animals seemed to have an instinctive ability to recognize patients that needed extra attention or were depressed.

    Thank God for letting us have pets to console us and make our lives happier just by being a cat or dog. - 3/1/2014 12:32:45 AM
    This is a wonderful video. Thank you so much for posting! - 2/28/2014 11:58:19 AM
  • Beautiful video!! - 2/11/2014 4:04:51 PM