Lady Captain's Charity 2021

Autism assistance

Support Dogs autism assistance programme is life-changing for both the child with autism and their family. Autism assistance dogs are trained to provide safety and to facilitate a more independent and socially inclusive life for both the child with autism and their family.

Their clients are children with autism who are often unable to communicate or express their feelings in a way that is understood by others. They have little sense of danger or of the consequences of their actions. 1 in 100 children in the UK are diagnosed with autism. Half of these children will have a tendency to bolt and wander off from their care givers, which can be very dangerous, and has often resulted in injuries to the child.

 Autism assistance dogs are trained to provide safety and companionship, helping to bring independence and a more socially inclusive life to both the child and their family. They have been shown to:

  • Reduce stress for family members

  • Promote positive changes in behaviour

  • Provide comfort for children with autism when upset

  • Reduce behavioural outbursts

Autism is a condition that affects each individual differently. The autism assistance programme works in a number of ways.  

The dogs are trained to keep a child safe using a wide range of methods, reducing the risk of injury or distress for the child and reducing stress and anxiety for the child’s family.

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