Saturday, October 10, 2009

What is Autism???

I was asked by Karen Burkoski to take some pictures for an organization that gives service dogs to children with autism. Here is a little bit of info about autism and about these special dogs.

What Is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Autism knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries; family income levels; lifestyle choices; or educational levels, and can affect any family and any child.
A new case of Autism is diagnosed every 20 minutes…67 children per day. In 2003 the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 1/150 children would be diagnosed with Autism. Today, a new study by the American Academy of Paediatrics says it is actually closer to 1/91. That is more children than will be diagnosed with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined…And There Is No Cure!

Why An Autistic Assistant K9?

- improve safety and security at home, in public, and at school.
- help to prevent the child from bolting into traffic or other dangerous situations.
- provide independence, allowing the child to walk holding their dog rather than a parent's hand.
- lend support and a calming influence to the child as they cope in highly stressful situations and changes in routine.
- allow greater freedom for families to participate in outings and activities.
- help improve socialization skills by bridging the gap between children with autism and society.
- acts as a constant companion, offering unconditional love and friendship.

Assistant dogs offer safety, companionship and independence to children with autism and their families

if you would like more information or would like to support this cause contact Karen at her facbook page just go to login under the name and the password is rlrgroup. thank you

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