Service PALS

Service PALS help children with disabilities, including autism and their families in the home and community.

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  • All dogs are medically certified prior to placement.

  • Each dog receives quality training in specific skills.

  • Each dog is matched with a child and his/her family

  • In-home and school consultations are provided

  • Family involvement is necessary

  • Individualized Team Training

  • Placement of the dog with the family team at graduation

  • Follow up training for the life of the dog

  • A PALS Autism Service Dog can help a child with autism by: Providing a calming effect

  • Helping with a “blackout” from visual over-stimulation

  • Providing a “constant” between home, school, community and other transitions

  • Being a modality for communication

  • Interrupting and re-directing repetitive or unwanted behaviors

  • Engaging the entire family

  • Visually “labeling” a child as having a special need (which promotes more public acceptance of “different” behaviors by a child)

  • Increasing social acknowledgement and interactions by peers, therefore decreasing isolation

  • Increasing a child’s independence and confidence

  • Giving a child the responsibility of caring for his/her dog

  • Helping child and his/her parents receive a better night’s sleep

  • Alerting parents to problems during the day or night

  • Decreasing parental stress

  • Providing an emotional and educational “bridge” between a child and the community

  • Applying pressure when needed for comfort

  • Helping to prevent bolting and wandering

  • Providing an added measure of safety for a child (“curb”, “shake”, “look right”, “look left”, “Is it safe?”,  if yes then “Let’s go”.  Also “stairs”, “shake”, “let’s go”.  And “down”, “stay”)

  • Helping to make outings easier, pleasant, fun

  • Acting as an awesome motivator

  • Modeling “wanted” behaviors

 Frequently Asked Questions