Excerpts from a blog of top 10 vacation reflections – Written by Natasha McIntyre)
We experienced our first Disney World trip with a service dog! We are novice Disney vacationers, only being our second trip. With that said, I had no earthly idea how to do Disney with a service dog. I packed lots of treats, his shoes, a travel water bowl, and my confidence…
9) Blaze made such a difference for Wyatt. I was amazed by how much of the parks Wyatt walked, how he got on and off the rides with more confidence and overall so much more calm and happy. Most people were so much more patient with us and provided smiles instead of stares…
By Good Dog! Grom's Mom, Jenny
We survived! Here we are...off to the side, so that we can be invisible and unobtrusive at the middle school dance. We waited until line got low, then entered. Good Dog Grom was great. Me, I was a little like "Bill the Cat" due to the 500 plus, sugar jacked up tween and teenagers.
Did you know that autism service dogs have been scientifically proven to lower stress hormones in some kids with autism?
Tethering can help a child with autism focus on the task at hand by offering them a reminder of where they are in relation to their environment. In other words, if the child focuses elsewhere & starts to wander, the tether system helps them refocus and stay on task.
We have a group of commands we call "companion commands". These commands are used to help develop the bond between child and dog as well as serve as tools to help a child with autism related with their peers. Because who doesn't love a dog with a few tricks up their ... ummm ... paw?
Did you know that having a dog sleep on the bed can help a child with autism sleep through the night? The dogs presence helps the child know where their body is in space and that helps them feel safe. Many children are able to sleep through the night in their own bed for the first time ever when they get their Good Dog!
Often when a child gets an autism service dog it's their first opportunity to care for another being. This added responsibility can be both exciting and motivating!! Sometimes it takes a while, but eventually most of our kids take on the responsibility of brushing both teeth and fur, feeding and bathing their best friend.
It's hard to bring a weighted blanket or a squeeze machine with you everywhere you go, but an Autism Service Dog can serve the same purpose & they carry their own weight.
Autism Service Dogs can be a bridge to Independence for our kids! Here Good Dog! Dude accompanies Alex at Disneyland & on the bus! Go Dude!