Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SDWR Celebrating Autism Awareness Month

National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month and Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers (SDWR) is joining thousands across the nation to celebrate. NAAM has been recognized since the 1970’s and is a great opportunity to educate people about Autism and issues within the Autism community. The demands of living with a person with autism are great, and families frequently experience high levels of stress but there are some great organizations that provide support like SDWR.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 in every 68 children are identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Awareness Month is an important opportunity for people to learn more about Autism and some of the means of support available to families dealing with Autism. SDWR is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit that provides Service Dogs for people with Autism. The idea of having a service dog for autism may be new to you, so let’s take a look at how they can be helpful.

SDWR’s Autism Assistance Dogs are unique because unlike a guide dog who help with physical tasks the autism assistance dog provides emotional support.

Children living with Autism can display some of the following behaviors:
     No Real Fear of Danger
     Little or no eye contact
     Difficulty in mixing with others

How An Autism Assistance Dog Can Help

Since many children with Autism have no real fear of danger personal safety is an important concern as a parent. SDWR’s Autism Assistance Dogs provide a special level of support and safety for Autistic children especially when out in public spaces. Our Autism Assistance dogs can wear a harness which the Autistic child can be tethered to which will prevent the child from bolting in public.

Children living with Autism will often have difficulty mixing with others and making eye contact but a trained assistance dog can be the autistic child's link to the world around. A service dog being present with the child will help to alert the public that this child has special needs.  A SDWR Assistance Dog can provide so much support through unconditional love and patience that not only help the child but also provide parents with a sense of relief and security.

Autism Awareness Month Resources

Being a parent of an Autistic child can certainly be challenging and at time stressful but thankfully SDWR and other great organizations are here to provide support for you on your journey. You have probably already considered getting a specially trained Autism Assistance Dog as they provide such tremendous support to the child living with autism as well the parents of the child so if you have any questions we would love to provide you with further support. Since April is Autism Awareness Month we want to share a few resources that will be helpful for you if you are looking for information about Autism.

Autism Resources
1.    For More Information about SDWR’s Autism Assistance Dogs Click Here.
2.    Autism Speaks
3.    Autism Society - Improving The Lives of All Affected by Autism