CHANTAL McQUIRK talks to John Healy about raising funds for an Autism Service dog for two of her children.
Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland is a national charity providing highly trained assistance dogs for children with autism and their families.
Their dogs are specially trained to provide safety, independence and companionship to children who would otherwise live in a very isolated world. These dogs help to transform the lives of children and their families.
Having an assistance dog allows the families to be able to go out again and take their child to places that they had stopped going to. The dog also helps them to be able to partake in simple everyday activities that the rest of us take for granted. A simple trip to the local shop can be a very stressful task for a child with autism.
The assistance dog helps, as the child is attached to the dog via a belt which is then linked to the dogs jacket ensuring the child is always safe and the parent then takes control of the dog by the lead.
It takes up to 2 years to train each dog, initially the pup is placed with a Puppy Foster Carer who are all volunteers and brings up the pup for the first 12 months ensuring it is well socialised in order for it to become a suitable assistance dog.
|DATE: May 27, 2015
|Keywords:Autism, Dogs, Services, Animal Training, Charities
|LocationNorth Dublin, Ireland