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Unleashing Comfort: A Comprehensive Exploration of Service Dogs and Sensory Integration Therapy for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

January 22, 2024 3 min read

  1. Recognizing Sensory Triggers:
    • Canine experts collaborate with therapists to identify sensory triggers for each child.
    • Dogs are trained to recognize signs of distress or anxiety related to sensory stimuli.
  2. Deep Pressure Therapy:
    • Dogs are trained to provide deep pressure therapy through gentle leaning or lying across the child’s lap during overwhelming situations.
    • This technique helps regulate sensory responses and provides a calming effect.
  3. Alerting to Auditory Stimuli:
    • For children with auditory sensitivities, dogs are trained to alert the child to specific sounds.
    • This may involve the dog nudging the child or providing a signal when a potentially distressing sound is detected.
  4. Tactile Support:
    • Dogs are trained to provide tactile support by nudging or applying gentle pressure in response to the child’s tactile sensitivities.
    • This helps desensitize the child to certain tactile stimuli over time.
  5. Navigating Social Environments:
    • Service dogs are trained to guide children through social interactions, acting as a supportive companion in challenging environments.
    • This enhances the child’s confidence and social skills.

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