For youngsters with autism dog is there more for emotonial 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 ingore or redirect those stimuli. with a dog by one’s side, the dog can help by giving them a focal point, or a way to ground their random, unceasing environmental experiences.
The Canine program established with the generous donation of Dr. Michael Maling – Crain-Maling Foundation. Chicago.