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In March 2016, Jason Hackett, a reporter for WPTV, featured a story of 4 year old Tyler and his family’s journey to obtain an Autism Service Dog from Canines 4 Hope, an organization that trains service dogs for people with disabilities.
The article explains how Cookie will be trained to the specific needs of Tyler including bolting and running off. For complete story, visit WPTV, Palm City service dog to assist South Carolina 4 year old on the Autism spectrum
On Sep 23, 2016, WPTV reporter Jason Hackett caught back up with Tyler and Cookie to follow up on Tyler’s journey when Tyler and his family came to Canines 4 Hope in Palm City, Florida to pick up his Service Dog, Cookie. The bond was immediate and months of training were put to the test right away as Tyler’s mom explains,
“The other day we had a thunderstorm, and usually at home when there thunderstorms Tyler melts down and is so upset,” Kimberly says. “We just put Cookie over by him and he just calmed down.”
For the complete follow up story, A New Leash on Life: 4-year-old South Carolina boy on autism spectrum paired with local service dog
Recently, Tyler’s mother reached out to Canines 4 Hope to let us know how Tyler and Cookie are doing since they’ve arrived home with Cookie.
Here they are the other day before school. Tyler needed some deep pressure while I made breakfast and Cookie came to the rescue and helped keep him calm while I cooked.
With PTSD Awareness Month fast approaching, I wanted to take a moment to help spread the PTSD awareness message.
Since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, most of us have heard of Post traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD by now. Many brave men and women in the armed services become afflicted with PTSD and it is because of their bravery and their willingness to tell their stories, that there is now a realization that PTSD effects not only our brave men and women in combat but also everyday people and children that suffer a traumatic experience in their lives.
The Veterans Administration has a great article called Understanding PTSD.
If you have a moment you may want to read their article they have available in pdf format:
“Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, a serious accident or disaster. Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma but if the reactions don’t go away over time or those reactions disrupt your life, you may have PTSD.”
4 Types of PTSD Symptoms
Reliving the event (also called reexperiencing) Avoiding situations that remind you of the event Feeling numb Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal)
“People with PTSD may feel hopelessness, shame, or despair. Employment and relationship problems are also common. Depression, anxiety, and alcohol or drug use often occur at the same time as PTSD.”
Getting Help for PTSD
“If you continue to be upset for more than three months, seek help. You can feel better! PTSD is usually diagnosed in one or two sessions. Your doctor or a mental health professional will evaluate you. You will be asked about your trauma and symptoms. You may also be asked about other problems you have.”
The VA has a PTSD Screen Questionnaire you can take online.
“Effective Treatments available for PTSD are psychotherapy and in some cases medication.”
911 VA Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
The above information is available at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit the National Center for PTSD for additional information.
PTSD Service Dogs
PTSD Service Dogs are also known to work well with PTSD psychotherapy as a well-rounded approach to overcoming PTSD. Canines 4 Hope can create customized PTSD Service Dog training programs to help those who are suffering and living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Canines for Hope Trained PTSD Service Dogs to:
Assistance in a medical crisis Provide treatment related assistance Assistance in coping with emotional overload Perform security enhancement tasks
A speciality trained PTSD Dog can provide a sense of security, calming effects, and physical exercise that can make a positive difference in the life of those that suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Like all assistance dogs, a psychiatric service dog is individually trained to do work or perform tasks that mitigate their handler’s disability. Training may include providing environmental assessment (in such cases as paranoia or hallucinations), signaling behaviors (such as interrupting repetitive or injurious behavior reminding the handler to take medication, retrieving objects and guiding the handler from stressful situations.
PTSD Service Dogs can literally change the life of a Veteran or other persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD Service dogs can help a person remain calm by preventing people from crowding around or rushing up behind in public places which will provide a comfortable space for the Veteran or PTSD sufferer.
PTSD Service Dogs can also:
help adjust serotonin levels help lower blood pressure help with episodes of depression provide companionship calm their handler preventing people from crowding around or rushing up on their handler
Canines 4 Hope has been training PTSD Service Dogs for people with PTSD across the country for over 20 years. Call Us 1-772-631-4931 or visit our website: http://www.canines4hope.com