Tag Archive: Autism Safety

Feb
19

Emergencies – Is Your Child Predictably Unpredictable?

Every day non-threatening environments such as a grocery store or mall, can be highly stressful and disruptive to a child with sensory issues. But for most of these places, we know the environment, we know the coping mechanisms we will use to help our child navigate and if a melt down occurs, we know how to …

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Oct
12

8 Ways to Improve Service Dog Bonding

Okay, this takes serious time and engagement! The best way I heard this explained in the service dog training class is that Truman needs to have the MOST fun with Sophia. In the early stages, every time he is around her he should be getting a treat, attention or praise.  If you have other kids, you have the added …

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Aug
03

Day 6 – Service Dog Training

Today was a really good day and somewhat easier than the prior days. The morning began with a lesson on “off leash” commands. That meant all of the dogs including our lovely Truman sat in the middle of the room with a tiny short leash. We practiced giving commands and walking with them with no …

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Aug
03

Day 7 – Service Dog Training

Famous quotes from training so far:  “Do you want a piece of bacon for your pocket?  Something is tickling my foot. No, I will not take that bag of sh-t for you.” Yes, we have a whole new vocabulary with Truman in our life. Things I never imagined saying or having said to me. Share …

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Aug
03

Day 11 – Service Dog Training – COMPLETE!

This has been an amazing yet incredibly stressful adventure. We have never taken Sophia away from home for this long. My stress level is at an all time high. I am starting to sound a bit like Sophia…”I want to go HOME NOW!” We started the morning with our first track all on our own. …

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Aug
03

First Day Home with Truman

Oh the joy of sleeping on a 1970′s tweed hide-a-bed that is shorter than me! I am a bit stiff from sleeping in the girls room last night but Truman was a little skittish to sleep in Sophia’s bed because he didn’t have much time to get familiar with his new surroundings.  We did all …

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Jul
14

Safety Tip: Arial Maps of Water in Your Neighborhood

Many children with sensory integration issues or Autistic children will wander away during warm weather looking for water to play with. Go to Google maps and get a satellite map of your neighborhood. It will show you every house in your neighborhood with Share on Facebook