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4248 Galewood St
Lake Oswego
Oregon 97035

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Programs: ASDA currently has 16 dogs in training. ASDA utilizes community puppy raisers to assist in housing the dogs before final traiing and graduation. ASDA places service dogs throughout the United States. ASDA is the only service dog organization in the U S designed solely to place dogs with autistic children. ASDA is unique as a service dog provider to children with autism in that, after the dog handler visits Oergon for training with the dog, ASDA then sends the placement specialist to the child's home for tether training in the child's home and school environment. ASDA is currently fund raising so ASDA can serve more families.

Many 4-6 year old autistic children(and thier families)are unable to go out in public for fear the child will run away or run into the street or into traffic. Many parents don''t want to "leash their children". When the dog is placed with a child it calms the child down and restrains the child from running into the street or running away. Families who could not go out are able to because of the dog. Generally the dog becomes the child''s "best friend" and is an emotional anchor for the child,calming the child and positively influencing the child''s psycho-social well being. The kids talk to the dogs so the deficit in expressive/receptive speech is lessened with the presence of the dog. The families are "normalized".

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My son, Kaleb, has autism and received a service dog from ASDA and we have never looked back. I am a veterinarian and I know the healing power that animals can offer people. Chewey is such a smart and beautiful dog. He works very hard taking care of Kaleb and keeping him safe. ASDA has become a part... more »
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Our grandson Kaleb was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Life as we all knew it changed with that diagnosis. Kaleb was unable to face life situations and even the smallest issue could become a nightmare. That was before "Chewey " came into Kaleb's life and the world became a less ... more »
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