When choosing a therapy dog, we recommend using an accredited agency such as one of those listed on the Assistance Dogs International website. In contacting a local agency, ask about their experience and training working with children or adults who have autism.
Are therapy dogs good for autism?
Kids with autism experience some difficulty in socializing with others. A therapy dog can help an autistic child to break the ice and motivate them to mingle with others. When needed, therapy dogs can divert the attention of autistic kids away from distractions and help focus on a task.
Does insurance cover service dogs for autism?
Unfortunately, health insurance doesn’t cover the cost to buy or care for a service dog, though eligible people can use FSA and HSA funds to help out.
What breed of dog is good for autism?
Most support and therapy dogs are larger breeds; some of the most popular dogs for children with autism include golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, standard poodles, Staffordshire bull terriers, and German shepherds.
Can I train my dog to be an autism service dog?
An Autism Assistance dog can be trained specifically to respond to a child’s repetitive behaviors, either by the parent’s command or by using the behavior the child engages in to trigger a response from the dog.
How can a service dog help a child with anxiety?
How to get a service dog
- a physical disability or debilitating psychiatric condition.
- a recommendation letter from a doctor or licensed mental health professional.
- strong communication skills and patience.
- the ability to consistently care for and train a service dog.
- the ability to attend a handler training program.
What disabilities qualify for a service dog?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines service animals as dogs that are individually trained to perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. This can be a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Only dogs are legally considered service animals.