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How Dogs Can Help Those with Autism

Thursday, December 29, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

I read an article hat really interests me. It was about a Labrador Retriever that was trained  to help an autistic boy deal with his disabilities.  According to the article source, the boy has difficulty transitioning from home to school and has outbursts which are common in autistic children. His mother says that the dog’s calming presence helps. The dog is kept on his  leash and causes no problem at school. The school objects to this and says that they already provide him with adequate service for his autism. Although they may provide adequate service, does this prevent the boy from his outbursts? If the dog helps calm the boy and causes no harm, this author believes that he should be allowed to stay in school.  A county judge allowed the dog to accompany the boy to school  temporarily until the case is settled. What do you think? Dogs are smart creatures that have the ability to help the handicapped. Why not let them in schools to help with autism?  Of course many things must be considered before allowing a dog in a classroom. A very small group setting with adequate staff would work best.

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