What do therapy dogs do for children and young adults with autism, depression and anxiety?

Service Dog with student
  1. A therapy dog builds a child’s self-confidence.
  2. A therapy dog improves a child’s social skills by facilitating personal interactions.
  3. A therapy dog helps reduce a child’s challenging behavior.
  4. A therapy dog is an exercise buddy for a child.
  5. A therapy dog improves a child’s communication skills.
  6. A therapy dog calms a child.
  7. A therapy dog reduces a child’s repetitive behavior.
  8. A therapy dog stops a child from wandering.
  9. A therapy dog eases transitions for a child.
  10. A therapy dog helps children with weak motor skills. Grooming, petting and brushing a dog exercise bilateral coordination and strengthen wrists and hand muscles.
  11. A therapy dog is a child’s forever friend.
  12. A therapy dog improves a child’s sensory processing skills because, when feeding, a child will touch a dog’s wet mouth.
  13. A therapy dog helps parents feel more comfortable and happier supporting a child’s needs.