How an ASA Service Dog

can make a difference:

Autism Service Dog:

  • Provides a tactile stimulant to promote environmental awareness and familiarity
  • Applies pressure to the hand or lap promoting redirection to the "here and now"
  • Provides familiarity and comfort in new environments
  • Wakes for school or work
  • Tracks or trails an individual that has wandered
  • Alerts when wandering occurs
  • Creates a physical buffer or barrier
  • Interrupts self-destructive behavior
  • Acts as a "tether" to prevent wandering
  • Applies weighted pressure across the individual's body
  • Carries medications and medical documentation
  • Enables confidence
  • Enables independence and responsibility
  • Assists with the development of social skills
  • Provides companionship

Mobility / Wheelchair Assistance Service Dog:

  • Provides balance and physical support
  • Carries objects such as oxygen tanks
  • Grabs, picks up, drops, relocates, and hands objects
  • Pulls or pushes to provide momentum
  • Turns off/on lights
  • Pushes buttons such as an emergency call, elevator button, or automatic door
  • Opens/closes doors
  • Carries medications and medical documentation
  • Alerts a specific person
  • Enables independence

Allergy Alert - Peanut:

  • Detects and alerts the presence or remnants of a specific allergen
  • Promotes awareness and "reminds" individuals of the life-threatening allergy
  • Carries EpiPen, medications, and medical documentation
  • Enables independence
  • Additional allergens include latex, tree nuts, soy, milk, egg, wheat, shellfish

PTSD Service Dog

  • Provides a tactile stimulant to promote environmental awareness and familiarity
  • Applies pressure to the hand or lap promoting redirection to the "here and now"
  • Provides familiarity and comfort in new environments
  • Wakes for school or work
  • Creates a physical buffer or barrier
  • Alerts a specific person
  • Interrupts self-destructive behavior
  • Carries medications and medical documentation
  • Enables confidence
  • Enables independence
  • Provides an excuse to leave an area
  • Provides companionship

Hearing Alert Service Dog

  • Provides a visual alert to specific sounds
  • Alerts when someone is near or speaking
  • Carries medications and medical documentation
  • Enables independence

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