Increase Safety: Many children with autism have no concept of danger and run away. Macy’s Autism Pals dogs can be tethered to Clients child and trained to take commands from handler. The tether prevents the child from going any further than it allows and provides parents with an added sense of security.
Provide Stability: Children with autism often have a difficult time transitioning to new environments and may experience sensory overload. The service dog remains a constant in their life and provides stability. Having a “constant” companion allows the child to focus on the service dog as opposed to the new environment. This assists the child in dealing with a new situation or change in routine. Service dogs can be used to help obtain better sleep patterns for children and parents by having the dog sleep with their child in their child’s room.
Reduce Outbursts: Macy’s Autism Pals Autism Service dogs help disrupt behaviors by making contact with the child by touch or by laying on the child’s lap. With screaming or other outbursts, the dog may act as a tactile distraction to redirect the child to a more positive behavior. Some dogs will learn this behavior over time or can be trained to proactively perform a “snuggle”.
The training program is an all-inclusive program that includes:
Evaluation, testing dog and handlers
Boarding dog and training with Macy’s Autism Pals for two years
" Beginner Training – puppy kindergarten
Learn what motivates the dog, learn to come to their name (recall), sit, lie down"
" Basic Training - start community training
More training with basic commands including Potty on command and heel, stay, fetch, take it, drop it, leave it, wait, and release"
" Intermediate Training –
Continue community training, controlled in and out of a vehicle, approaching a building, controlled entry through a door, heeling through a building, six-foot recall on lead, noise distraction, restaurant, off lead, dog taken by another person"
Advanced Training – master the community training and add settings – stairs, easy, elevators, fire station, sometimes airport security, and sometimes church
" One On One Autism Training -Advanced
Training with Clients, Clients child and the dog team relationship, meltdowns, snuggle, deep pressure, dog distracting child away from a meltdown, at rest together, play together, Clients child and dog together in public"
One On One Training Parent/Handler in public
One On One Training with dog in Public in special settings
Public Access Test evaluated by Macy’s Autism Pals
Registration as a service dog with us and graduation
Items for dog include:
Hands free Leash
Easy Walk harness for tethering