North Star Foundation
April 19, 2011
As a professional trainer and canine behavior specialit, I have worked with NorthStar Foundation for a number of years. The staff at NorthStar are dedicated to training dogs and placing them into homes with children with autism. This is a wonderful cause. I have seen children utter their first words because of contact with their service dogs. I have seen children reach out to others in ways they never have before because of the presence of these wonderful dogs.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The positive impact their canine placements have in families with children with autism is enormous. These dogs not only support the affected child, but bring a level of connection with all family members, bringing the family closer together with a common bond - their beloved pet.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Find ways to increase the number of placements that can be made.
Professional with expertise in this field & I have trained autism service dogs for NorthStar, including preparing them to assist the child in public settings.