Facility dogs engage students in special education classes by providing motivation, feelings of safety, and increased opportunities for constructive fun.
Saint Francis Service Dogs is a non-profit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities to become more independent and self-sufficient through partnerships with professionally trained service dogs.
From Huffington Post: When a child approached to pet but seemed nervous, Dutchess instinctively understood and would respond with great gentleness so the child felt safe. [Her trainer] believed that Dutchess possessed an empathy and that couldn’t be taught, making her an ideal therapy dog for people with autism and special needs, especially those hesitant
Kyle is 7 year old boy who has been diagnosed with Autism, epilepsy, global developmental delay, adaptive delay, ADHD, an anxiety disorder, and a tendency to wander. Kyle and his family are telling their story via this Facebook page about his Autism service and seizure detection dog, from training to certification.