Nate's Service Dog
Organized by: Stephanie Mojonnet
Stephanie Mojonnet via Crowdrise
November 05, 2014
We are rallying everyone to help us raise funds for a service dog for my wonderful cousin Nate.
Trained assistance dogs can be the link between a child with autism and the world around them. By showing that interactions with other people are a positive thing, a service dog can help with the gross delays many of these children have in public or crowds. With its unconditional love and inherent patience, an assistance dog can lend far more support than any particular person or parent can offer by themselves.
Autism assistance dogs are unique to the world of dogs helping people. Unlike the guide dog who helps with physical tasks, the autism assistance dog is there more for emotional support. By simply being there, a solid, sound and reassuring companion can help ease sensory overload, which is a common challenge for those with autism. People with autism are often unable to filter out sensory input – these folks hear, feel and smell everything – all at once – and are usually unable to ignore or redirect those stimuli. With a dog by one’s side, an autism assistance dog can help by giving them a focal point, or a way to ground their random, unceasing environmental experiences.