Autism Service Dogs in Utah County
Utah County service dogs for autism can become an emotional anchor for children with autism and a sense of security to family members. Families experience a decrease in stress as they are more able to engage socially in public settings and experience less anxiety at home. A service dog increases safety and has a calming presence that can minimize emotional outbursts, allowing the family to feel more secure and a child with autism to better participate in family activities.
Children with autism can often feel isolated. A service dog becomes a 24/7 companion to share experiences with, connect with, and love. They can help children reintegrate into society and connect with others as well. Perhaps the most fascinating benefit is the effect a service dog directly has on cortisol levels. Testing cortisol levels is a way for researchers to test stress levels without having to ask participants questions. Cortisol studies have proven that autistic children’s cortisol levels are greatly reduced and sustained with the introduction of a trained autism service dog.
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Benefits of an autism service dog:
- Increase social interaction
- Redirect repetitive behaviors
- Increase independence
- Increase vocabulary
- Improve the quality of sleep
- Provide sensory assistance
- Increase safety
- Deep pressure tasks
- Mobility assistance
- Create a calmer environment
- Assist in quickly recovering a lost autistic child
There has been an enormous increase in the use of service dogs as a powerful tool in advancing and supporting those with autism. The autism world is widely accepting and promoting service dogs as overwhelming results come in showing that not only is a child’s psychological state improved, but that of the entire family’s is as well. A service dog can unlock levels of connection and progress that is otherwise very difficult to obtain with autism.
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We know that the idea of training a puppy in addition to an already busy schedule can be daunting. We offer a fully trained service puppy program that is ideal for families that are unable to commit the time to training but want to bond with their service dog through the puppy process. Call Dog Training Elite Utah today to schedule a free in-home evaluation and discuss our many options for autism service dog training in Utah County.