When a diagnosis of Autism comes to your family, your entire world changes. Hopes and dreams have to be rearranged. New schedules and family activities seem to revolved around the autistic child. Often social isolation becomes as crippling as the financial burden of a special needs child. Therapies can be slow and frustrating. One begins to wonder that if there are 1 in every 69 children diagnosed with Autism, how the people in our health care system can be so limited?
Wilderwood understands these struggles. We have been on the cutting edge of medical and mental health treatment for autism for the past 13 years. Our President is a psychiatric nurse practicing in the mental health arena and has been involved in nearly all known treatment modalities for Spectrum Disorders. Our dogs are highly specialized for Spectrum disorder diagnosis. Almost all service dog programs that advertise “autism service dogs” are actually “add on” programs from the original service dog skill set. Many are not fully aware of the unique symptoms and skills autism needs. We are the only service dog organization that has the medical and canine training background to fully address your families needs and we do not just provide a well trained pet.
The heart of Wilderwood is to provide service dogs especially trained to manage the symptoms of Autism. It has been our experience that nothing compares to the social and mental change of an autistic child once placed with a service dog. We have seen mutes speak, self stemming behaviors stop, the safety of the child maintained at all times and the tired parents sleep soundly for the first night since the diagnosis. On this site you will find links to research articles, news stories and footage that will guide you and show you the life changing ability of these amazing animals. We encourage you to find out as much as possible about this option for your family and to contact us at anytime for questions. Wilderwood truly believes that freedom lies in the love of a dog.
We specialize in providing service dogs specifically trained to handle the challenges of Spectrum Disorders and other neurological impairments. Our dogs are able to be a constant companion with your child. They are allowed in schools, day cares, therapies and any other place your child may venture. Below is a list of some common symptoms of Spectrum Disorders and how our dogs provide a valuable resource in managing and changing the life of such special children.
|Symptom||Service Dog Response|
|Impulsive Running||Will Retrieve Child To Parent|
|PICA||Will Interrupt Behavior|
|Self Stimulation||Will Physically Interrupt Behavior|
|Self Harming||Will Interrupt Behavior|
|Mood Swings||Will Crawl Onto Lap and Calm Child|
|Night Awakenings||Will Alert Parents By Barking|
|Non-Verbal||Enhances Verbal Skills By Using Commands|
|Social Isolation||Focus Shifts To Dog|