Dog helps autistic child get to school
Jun 20, 2011
A golden retriever named Eddy is helping Caleb, a 7-year-old boy with severe autism, to adjust to school, according to a new report from the Los Angeles Times.
Eddy not only makes Caleb feel more comfortable and relaxed around others, the special dog helps ensure that Caleb does not run off or get lost. A recent court ruling in the Cypress School District of California has approved Caleb's use of the golden retriever to help him get to school.
"If Caleb is scared, he feels safe having Eddy there," Caleb's mother told the news source. "Once they start going to school together, he'll be able to really make use of Eddy."
Often, children with a form of autism spectrum disorder are prone to wandering off or getting lost. They are also at risk of not having the social skills necessarily to feel comfortable in certain settings. A dog like Eddy performs an admirable task in helping Caleb grow.