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Service Dogs for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: Warren Retrievers

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Warren Retrievers has developed a proprietary and unique program for training dogs to support individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Not only can service dogs provide an overall calming effect for the child on the autism spectrum, there are a number of tasks the dogs can be taught. These tasks include finding the child if lost, serving as a stationary ballast in the case of elopement and providing redirection from repetitive or self injurious behaviors among other tasks. When paired with a service dog, children on the autism spectrum often have improved sleep patterns, increased social interaction and better ability to express themselves.

Joining us at the first annual Converge: Autism Summitt held by Springbrook Behavioral Health was Warren Retrievers.  Their team of volunteers, staff, and puppy raisers joined Melanie Vann and Kristin Walker for an interview at the conference.  Warren Retreivers is a world-class breeder of high quality Labrador Retrievers and our exceptional breeding program results in dogs of the highest quality suitable for service work.  This partnership, between excellent breeding and unsurpassed training, allows us to offer our clients another tool with which to better manage their life of dealing with a spectrum disorder. Breeding standards at Warren Retrievers are of unsurpassed rigidity and quality.