I always find the relationships that form between autistic people and dogs incredible. Many autistic people struggle with non verbal communication and with dogs, it’s all nonverbal communication. Dogs are so expressive in their emotions and so connected with how the people they love are feeling. Often my dogs will know how I’m feeling long before I do. Fern had been a constant reliable friend since I was 5 and she is the most loving and loyal companion I have ever had. Whilst I have only had Lexi in my life for 10 months she has made those 10 months so much better. If I’m sad she will snuggle up to me and lick my face. If I’ve fallen over or fainted she will scratch and bark at me until I sit up. I get that allot of people don’t believe in using animals as therapy as they won’t always be with you in school or out and about but for me I always know I can come home to them. My favourite thing is lying in bed with Lexi sleeping on me, the fairy lights on and stranger things on my tv. Dogs can be the best friends for those with autism because they will give you unconditional love and respect and they don’t care in the slightest about what you wear or how many human friends you have. If you give them love they will love you back.
✨NSSHLA conference✨the focus was leadership within speech therapy and it was such a wonderful learning experience! One of my favorite information sessions was on the possibilities and benefits of using therapy dogs with speech clients