#1
http://www.ajc.com/services/content/health/stories/2009/02/02/autism_dog_service.html?referrer=search_buy

I just read this a few minutes ago, and I find it to be quite amazing and somewhat touching in a way as well. I know that you guys enjoy laughs more than serious topics, but I wanted to bring it here and see what you guys thought about this, maybe discuss what this could mean for people with disabilities, autism in particular, in the future. What do you think?

I'll admit that the article is somewhat long, but I think that it's worth it. If it's too long for some of you, oh well, deal with it or don't read it at all.
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#2
thats a pretty cool story...thanks for sharing
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#3
pretty interesting!
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#4
I love stories like that, I just wish there was more to this one! The article was too short, if you ask me.
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#5
thank you for posting this article. It flowed well, and I especially loved the "circle me" part, and using Mercury's chasing his tail to end Michael's "behavior" Excellent post
#6
I thought it said "Acoustic Boy and his dog" thought we had ourselves an un-plugged superhero
#8
Neat story!

I've worked a lot with autistic children, and those who are my age over the years... They don't do a decent job portraying what autism is though... or any part of the spectrum.
#9
its not to long this article is true about pretty much anyone if yu alow some one to interact with something it helps them to open up you guys shuld look up this other kid i cant remember his name for the life of me but its the kid thatsblind autistic and mentally retarded and hes like a ****ingg genius on piano
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#10
This belongs in either the "autistic children thread" or the "assisting dog thread."

*reported*
#11
^Are you serious? I have never once seen either of those threads.
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#12
^Of course not. It was my attempt to humorously satirize "reporters" in UG. Note my strict adherence to the basic template of reporting (My use of the asterixes etc.)
#13
Ahh... yes I do see that. I'll admit that you had me quite fooled.
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#16
*In dramatic voice*
One boy
One dog
Together with an unbreakable bond..

*insert cutscenes with the boy happy and running with dog*
*then changes to the boy crying in the rain*

Coming soon
In 2010
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This belongs in either the "autistic children thread" or the "assisting dog thread."

*reported*

so gonna sig that.

i agree that the use of animals for autism is pretty cool.
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#20
My cousin has very strong autism, to the point he can't feel pain or speak.

That's pretty amazing though, but that dog is massive for only being 10-weeks old.
#21
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My cousin has very strong autism, to the point he can't feel pain or speak.

That's pretty amazing though, but that dog is massive for only being 10-weeks old.


If he can't feel pain, does he feel everyday kind of touch? Like when you touch a door handle or when you get tapped on the back. This interests me.
#22
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If he can't feel pain, does he feel everyday kind of touch? Like when you touch a door handle or when you get tapped on the back. This interests me.


I think he feels touch, but he has a severe burn on his hand from when he put his hand behind a radiator. He couldn't feel it, so this meant nobody realized anything was wrong until they saw him with his hand stuck behind there. He didn't even flinch.

But I think he can feel touch and stuff, but I'm not completely sure.
#23
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I think he feels touch, but he has a severe burn on his hand from when he put his hand behind a radiator. He couldn't feel it, so this meant nobody realized anything was wrong until they saw him with his hand stuck behind there. He didn't even flinch.

But I think he can feel touch and stuff, but I'm not completely sure.


Hmm, that's weird. The border between 'touch' and pain has always interested me.
#24
Just a little two pennyworth here. My wife, daughter and stepson are all on the spectrum. My daughter has an assistance dog who is wonderful and we also have a family pet dog who probably helped her very early on. So thanks for the story link. The more we see of Autistic kids developing with 'normal' activities and relationships, the better the public will come to understand the type of problems they cope with.
Its not so long ago they would have been called by other names and institutionalised for life. And a very sad and terrible life they must have had.
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