In Ireland, the Health Service Executive has cut off funding for autism assistance dogs because of costs. A trainer with Autism Assistance Dogs discussed the role these dogs play in the lives of children with autism. Their main role is that of protector as many children with autism do not accurately assess danger. They also help with communication and social interaction – areas where children with autism often have deficits.
Horse therapy is also used for children with autism and is new to Ireland. Martina of Equine Connection noted that the horses help children in several areas including coordination, muscle tone and concentration.
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