For one little boy with autism, his dog is his guardian angel.
This video, shared by Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, a nonprofit that trains and places service dogs with individauls with autism, diabetes, PTSD, and other conditions, shows the unique way a specially trained animal can help an individual.
In this case, the dog is trained to keep a young child from wandering into the street.
“Autism service dogs add structure in day-to-day life, and ultimately enhance overall well-being for the whole family. They act as a safety net, a guardian, and a friend when there is no one else to provide the support every child with autism needs,” the post reads.
Researchers have found countless ways dogs can benefit children with autism, including increasing social and verbal skills, boosting confidence, and building assertiveness.
Administrators at a school in Georgia were so familiar with these benefits that they partnered with a service dog training organization to allow their autistic students to help socialize the puppies.
Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers says that in addition to the benefits listed above their autism dogs are trained to help with the following:
Finding lost child
Stationary ballast in case of elopement (what is seen in the video)
Redirection from self-harm (see a video of that here)