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The Golden Bridge: Selecting and training assistance dogs for children with social, emotional, and educational challenges

By Patty Dobbs Gross

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In The Golden Bridge, Patty Dobbs Gross provides both personal and professional advice on how specially bred and trained dogs help to facilitate communication for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. This important information compendium is a guide for parents dealing with the social, emotional, and educational issues of raising children with challenges. Myths and labels concerning autism are explored, examined, and redefined. While focused on children, the advice that Gross shares will be immensely helpful for anyone involved in breeding, raising, and training dogs to mitigate any type of disability at any age.The Golden Bridge provides advice about living with autism, animal-assisted therapy and autism, training an assistance dog to work with a child with autism or a developmental disability, and using an assistance dog to deal with a child's grief. This impressive volume also contains a vast list of resources, including web sites, for follow-up information, a section on books about autism, and a directory of assistance dog providers.

Date 2006
Pages 264
Series Title New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond
ISBN/ISSN 978-1-55753-408-8
Publisher Purdue University Press
Language English
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  1. Abnormal development
  2. Animal-assisted activities
  3. Animal-assisted education
  4. Animal-assisted therapies
  5. Autism
  6. Development
  7. Developmental challenges
  8. Emotional and behavioral disorders
  9. Social Skills