Service PALS

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

  • 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

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