Autistic Boy in DeBary, Florida no Longer allowed to keep chickens at family home

DeBary, Florida – J.J. Hart, 3 from DeBary, Florida and his family have been told by the local City Council members that they will no longer be able to keep chickens at their family home. J.J. has three chickens that he likes to chase round in the family’s back yard and whom he fondly calls, […]

Controversy surrounding services provided by Service Dogs Europe

Dundalk Ireland – Service Dogs Europe (SDE) provide Service Dogs for children and adults with a wide range of disabilities and additional needs. One such service is that of an Autism Assistance Dog. The information stated on their website about this service reads as follows: ‘Service Dogs Europe, Autism Service Dog Program focuses on improving […]

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Young boy with autism starts fundraiser to get himself a service dog

Bristol, England — A 12-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance or PDA has been trying to raise funds in hopes of getting himself an autism service dog. Elliott Pugh has been struggling with his condition, which causes behavioral problems that hinder him from interacting with the outside world. His condition sometimes makes […]

Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary provide Donkey Assisted Therapy for Children with Additional Needs

The Donkey Sanctuary is the world’s largest donkey and mule sanctuary and has 10 farms situated in the UK and Ireland. Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE founded The Donkey Sanctuary in 1973. To date over 15,000 donkeys have passed through the Donkey Sanctuary’s gates in the UK and Ireland. There are 10 farms. The charity’s mission […]

15 year old autistic teen and family raising funds for service dog

Profiles in Brief – Help Marisa get her service dog. 15 year old Marisa Smith was only diagnosed with autism two years ago but has had serious developmental challenges since birth and the family has been raising funds for service dog.  Marisa says. “Dealing with people is hard. They’re not exactly as understanding as animals.” […]

Pet Gecko Helps Boy with Autism

Ten year-old Callum Lake has Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism that makes it difficult for him to read other people’s emotions. Like many children on the autism spectrum, he has struggled with making friends and dealing with anxiety. Then Spike entered his life. Spike is Callum’s pet gecko. Callum’s mother, Karen Beech, bought Spike […]

Pets Impact Happiness for those on the Autism Spectrum

Science has proved that interacting with animals especially pets can have a deep impact on the physical betterment of human beings. Animals have been known to help in the lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol and are also effective in reducing tension and stress and also help to avoid conditions like depression. It is also […]

Zoo keeper camp held for children with autism in Minnesota – w/video

Duluth, Minn. — Children with autism in Minnesota were finally given a chance to experience a special zoo keeper camp, thanks to a joint effort between the Autism Society of Minnesota and the Lake Superior Zoo. The ‘Zoo Keeper Camp’ was tailored especially for children with autism spectrum disorder, in an effort to help them […]

Parents raise funds to get autism service dog for son

Shropshire, England — The parents of a five-year-old child who suffers from autism-like symptoms are doing everything they can to raise enough funds to get him his very own autism support dog. Oliver Fenner was a happy toddler who used to love pirates, playing with his older sister, shouting “love you” to his parents, but […]

Studies show that pets are good social buffers for children with autism

New York — These days, more and more children with autism are benefiting from the company of their highly-trained service dogs. It has been proven many times over that service dogs are capable of making positive impacts on children with autism, especially when it comes to socialization. Now it appears that cats can also have […]