A Service Dog for Taylor
Team Member: HEATHER C
Lisa wrote -
If you follow us on facebook, you know how many times Taylor's has escaped us. We make light of this serious situation to keep from being paralyzed with fear and worry. We take many precautions of course to prevent this, but they are no match for out little Houdini. Lucky for us, autism service dogs are faithful companions that assist children living with autism. Unlucky for us, they cost a bunch of money!
Taylor's dog will be trained in "recovering". His dog will be taught to track Taylor when he bolts or sneaks out. Service dogs can find children in a variety of environments and terrain. This ability to locate Taylor quickly, greatly reduces the risk of serious harm or even death.
Repetitive behaviors are common in children with autism. Taylor is obsessed with drumming on our coutners- for hours! A dog can be taught to nudge Taylor when he is performing repetitive behaviors, this touch is often all that is required to redirect him from this behavior to something more fun and enjoyable.
Dogs can also improve quality of sleep. Taylor has difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. The dog can be trained to alert us when he wakes up and begins to wander the house at night. An assistance dog can provide a certain level of comfort that often improves a a child's ability to sleep throughout the night. (We really look forward to this!).
Finally, a service dog can anchor or block Taylor preventing him from walking in to traffic or away from us. We will be able to enjoy family activities in the community knowing the dog will ensure Taylor does not wander from the playground or beach area.