MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Animals Help Kids with Autism

January 12, 2015 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Rayanie Castillo and Chief, NEADS.Org

Rayanie Castillo and Chief, NEADS.Org

A recent study by Autism Speaks‘ Autism Treatment Network in Missouri further confirms that children with autism do better with pets.

Animals have a unique way of “talking” to kids with disabilities, according to John Moon of NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services), a non-profit based in Massachusetts.

NEADS is one of the top organizations in the United States that trains and places therapy dogs for people of all ages with disabilities.

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We spoke with John for additional information on how animals, particularly therapy dogs, help autistic children.  NEADS works with families all over the country, including the South Shore.

Animals big and small help calm autistic kids and give them social skills, which is a huge bonus for those who have a hard time connecting with people.

NEADS dogs are specially trained from when they are puppies.  You get on a “waiting list,” but really it’s “time” to make sure you are matched with the right dog.  It could be two weeks to six months.

It’s a big deal to have with a trained therapy dog, but all worth the effort.  The relationship between dog and child can change lives and positively  impact a whole family.  NEADS asks families to fundraise to help cover the training costs of their dog and to show commitment and dedication to the process.

Go to NEADS.Org for more information.

Local South Shore Resources

January is read-to-a-dog month at the Hingham Library.  Boo and Dash, two trained therapy dogs, will be at the Hingham Public Library on the remaining Saturdays in January.  Kids can register to read to these adorable dogs.  Go to HinghamLibrary.Org for more information.

Pleasant Meadow Farm, also in Hingham, offer horse back riding for families with disabilities.

There are several riding centers on the South Shore that cater to families.  Last year, I covered horse therapy for South Shore Living magazine and profiled Hidden Hollow Farm in Pembroke.  This barn  also help boys and girls with autism and/or medical illness.

Tune into 95.9 WATD-FM on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 9:22 a.m. ET to hear Lisa interview John Moon from NEADS on Paws and Claws.  Listen live on the radio dial at 95.9 or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

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