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Service dog build communication skills for children with autism

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Autistic children in York County have a new tool to help them engage in their communication skills.  His name is Buster and he’s a 6-month old Black English Lab.

From the moment he enters the room, children and adolescents instantly improve their impaired social interaction.  The Amazing Kids Club is an autism-centered organization through TrueNorth Wellness Services.  They’re introducing Buster as part of a program to help kids improve on social relationships through interaction and touch.  Organizers say Buster also helps establish routines and provide traditional support, which can be difficult with kids with autism spectrum disorder.

Program Director, Jennifer Davidson says, “We have seen a significant change in the way we can get children that are very socially withdrawn and isolated.  He’s a social bridge, he’s enhancing the way they react and come out their shell, which is part of the autism.”

More than 200 children between the ages of 2-20 receive service at Amazing Kids Club.