Wednesday, September 21, 2011

How Do Dogs Help Autistic Children?

How Do Dogs Help Autistic Children?

Sheffield based Support Dogs, one of the UK’s leading charities dedicated to training assistance dogs, in February of 2008, launched a £1 million appeal to help it to introduce a unique national initiative to provide dogs specially trained to help children with Autism.

This programme, the first of its kind in mainland UK, aimed to raise £1 million which go toward enabling the organisation help hundreds of people affected by Autism.

Support Dogs trained the UK’s first Autism Assistance Dog with the support of Irish Guide Dogs, which has run a successful programme in Ireland for over three years. Lacey (a yellow Labrador) has been partnered with Paula Craik and her 5 year old son Joe (who live in Dundee) and in the last year has made a tremendous difference to their lives. Following on from this success, the charity announced plans to make this life changing initiative available to families across the UK.

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