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Autism service dogs (German)


An autism service dog for you?

An autism dog carries out similar tasks to a guide dog. The dog stops in front of road crossings and helps to keep its associated child away from danger. It leads and accompanies the child, but obeys audible commands from a trusted adult. The autism dog helps the child to avoid danger and overcome obstacles.

 

An autism dog enables families of a child with autism to break out of their isolation and find a way back to a day-to-day routine that is as normal as possible.

 

Are you interested in an autism dog? Just get in touch with us. Peter Kaufmann, division head autism service dogs, would be pleased to invite you over to our school for a personal consultation.

Tel. +41 61 487 95 95 

Link to the folder «Autism Service dogs» 

The path to obtaining an autism service dog

Expression of interest

Once we have received notice of interest from a family, our first step is to provide them with written information. This is followed by a telephone conversation with the instructor, after which we send out the application documents.

Visit to the school

After the application has been completed and returned to us, the whole family comes on their first visit to the school in Allschwil.

 

If it turns out to be in the interests of both parties to continue working with each other, we then like to visit the family at home.

Assessment of the situation at home

We visit the family in their normal environment to gain an impression of their everyday lives, the particular tasks and opportunities for free exercise for any future autism dog.

 

If the application is approved, a suitable dog is assigned to the family as soon as possible.

Introduction

The dogs trained by our school are handed over to families at about two years old. The new handlers are prepared and trained by the instructors. Only then will the dog be introduced to the child and integrated under expert instruction into the family’s day-to-day routine. The induction stage for the handler and the dog usually lasts about three to four weeks. After the end of this period, the team receives at least six further support visits over the next eighteen months. After that, we anticipate making one support visit every year. You will be given detailed information on the induction period during your personal consultation meeting.

Funding

Families of children with autism are provided with their autism dog free of charge. The Foundation takes care of financing. The families pay the costs involved in keeping the dog, amounting to up to CHF 2’000 per year. The Foundation retains ownership of the dog throughout its life.

Requirements for keeping an autism service dog

  • The family needs to have the time to meet the needs of a medium-sized dog. For example, these will include a daily run off the lead, preferably with other dogs, and regular grooming. The family should also enjoy working and playing with the dog.
  • The dog lives in the house, with the family.
  • All members of the family should welcome an autism dog.
  • The household has no other dogs.
  • Asthma and any potential allergies must be discussed.
  • Trained dogs may only be provided to children currently aged ten or under.
  • The family must want to take advantage of the autism dog to create a daily and weekly routine in which the child with autism can be intentionally included in activities outside its normal environment.

Other services offered by the School

Support for the teams

The Foundation retains responsibility for all dogs throughout their entire lives. And during this time, the dog handler families will be supported free of charge. When an autism dog retires from service after a period of support work, we would expect it to remain with the family for several years longer as a loyal family pet.

Public relations

The Foundation campaigns to promote the interests of families who have children with autism.