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The Dog That Changed the Life of a Boy with Autism

Raising a child with autism is a challenge for any parent. This family found help from an unexpected source when they welcomed a therapy dog into their lives. You won't believe the transformation that has turned their lives around!
Therapy dogs can help people deal with both physical and emotional issues. Could you or your child benefit from interacting with animals?
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KHALIA2 5/19/2018 1:32:08 PM
AWESOME! Report
BARBEQUESUE 3/23/2018 5:19:36 PM
Animals are not only healing in their way, but bring out the best in people. Report
KHALIA2 3/21/2018 8:16:46 AM
This is great info! If I ever need this one, I will use it! Thank you so much! Report
1965KAREN 2/27/2018 12:07:33 AM
I loved this positive and uplifting video. It is so wonderful how the dog was so quite and loving to the boy without having to be overwhelming. My nephew has Autism and he loves his little dog. He has helped him learn to bond and be more patient. He doesn't have a trained dog, but the bond is so wonderful to see. Report
GARDENSFORLIFE 1/7/2018 2:44:23 PM
How wonderful. What a blessing! Report
ALABAMASUSAN17 9/24/2017 6:05:02 AM
What a glorious Blessing! Report
USMAWIFE 5/7/2017 12:43:47 PM
Service animals are such a blessing but most of those who truly need them can not afford them Report
MEL10- 4/13/2017 11:29:31 PM
Service dogs are a blessing. They are highly trained for a specific disability or task. Blind, seizure disorders, diabetes, autism, PTSD are but a few and then there are those trained to sniff bombs, drugs, and disaster recovery.

Therapy dogs, are not a highly trained as service dogs but provide comfort care and service to their communities. Students with special needs, children reading to dogs, those in nursing homes and memory units.

I remember bringing my mom's dog for a visit when she was in a memory unit. Oh the mind they had. Paddy would also visit with the other residents. I remember one woman in particular. Her eyes told me she was interested. When I put Paddy (he was a little Cavalier) in her lap she stroked him. She hadn't spoken in over a year but as clear as day she looked at him isn said "kiss."

Service, Therapy and all of our fur babies are a blessing! Report
KILTORE 4/12/2017 2:06:54 PM
Dogs are not just for designated therapy. My dogs are pets but they know my emotions and read my body language very well. They know if I am sad, happy, and even alert to a medical condition I have. They have never been trained to do this. They just know me that well. Report
BRLEE165 5/13/2016 9:55:52 PM
Therapy dogs are awesome. We have one in the special needs school where I work. Report
CHRIS3874 2/17/2016 9:21:13 PM
Not just dogs my cats can also. Report
FOXBAY99 12/11/2015 10:23:31 PM
Dogs have a way of sensing things that often humans do not - very heartwarming. Report
RDM1213 10/21/2015 9:33:31 PM
much appreciated Report
LOULOUWLG403 10/12/2015 10:17:21 AM
Thank you for sharing your video with me! I really liked it! I'm torn between getting a cat
or a dog! My Son has a Korean dog, I just love him, and I've had a cat before. If I go on
vacation my girlfriend will watch my cat. I don't know if she would watch a dog! I hope
everyone has a Marvelous & Blessed Monday! Report
SRIDLEY99 4/16/2015 9:49:33 AM
Thank you for sharing this video. This is wonderful! Report