A four-stage programme for parents and families looking to introduce a dog into theirhome for the therapeutic and practical benefits that can be brought to a child with autism,including development of communication skills and toilet training. Based on first-handknowledge, the programme was created through the successful experience the author hadbringing up two children at opposite ends of the autism spectrum.This guide is comprehensive and highly practical, with case examples, tips and advicethroughout. It covers all aspects of responsible ownership and training of the dog as acompanion dog, and it provides tips throughout the dog's entire life cycle. Accessible forfamilies and professionals alike, this innovative programme can have a huge impact onthe life of children with disabilities.
Acknowledgements; About the author; Adapting this program for other disabilities; Autism and Dogs by Jim Taylor; Postscript by Lorna Wing; Introduction. (Benefits of a dog for a child or adult with a disability or condition.); Dog checklist, is a dog the right intervention for your child and family?; Why this program?; Overview of Program; New stories of success. (Andy and Bailie; McKenzie and Heather.); Points to remember! Autism and learning difficulty child; Points to remember the ASD adult. 1. The Red Stage - What age, breed of dog is right for the child's disability?; 2. The Yellow Stage! (Where and how to source the dog.); 3.The Green Stage! Settling in of your dog and being a responsible owner; 4. The Blue Stage - Care of the senior dog; 5. Letting go! Afterword; Useful Resources; References
I can highly commend Nuala's programme as one that directly addresses the challenges faced by people with autism and their families. I look forward to watching it grow and benefit many more families.