Acquiring service dogs for individuals with autism has grown in popularity over the last few years. For many individuals, this has changed their lives for the better. In fact, service dogs are associated with benefits such as stress reduction, better sleep, and increased independence. Here are the stories of just a few individuals with autism, and how their dogs changed their lives
- Service dogs can help with sleep
Tupper struggled with sleep–that is until his family got Lego. Lego is able to calm Tupper down when he feels anxious, allowing him to finally sleep through the night
2. Service dogs help make social settings possible
Thanks to Briggs, Thomas can now brave places like the supermarket without becoming overstimulated. See his story above.
3. Service Dogs can be a source of safety and comfort.
For Kate and Oakley, their friendship means that Kate can become more independent. Oakley prevents Kate from wandering and provides deep pressure and comfort when she needs it. All of this helps Kate suppress behavioral issues in the classroom, allowing her to make friends of her own.
4. Service dogs can become a best friend
For Kai, meeting his new service dog meant meeting his first ever friend. On the day they first met, Kai immediately bonded with Tornado. The two have been inseparable ever since.
Has your life been changed by a service dog? Share your story below!