“Connor has changed quiteÂ DRAMATICALLYÂ since bonding with Simba.
His CONFIDENCE has soared, as has his willingness to talk to others (especially about his dog).
He has learnt the joys ofÂ PLAYINGÂ with others and his face lights up now that he
understands that he can carry through play through with the kids at his kinder.
Thanks to DKD, a piece of the puzzle in his UNDERSTANDING of the world has fallen into place.”
~ Simba’s Family
DKD ASSISTANCE DOGS FOR CHILDREN
We specialise in training assistance dogs for children with autism and other developmental disorders.Â Our assistance dogs help families in several ways:
- they walk tethered beside a child to prevent them running away
- they calm a child during a meltdown
- they enable a family to access the community and complete regular tasks that were otherwise impossible or too hard to do.
- they help to break down social barriers in the community
It costs us $25,000 to raise and train an assistance dog for a child withÂ autism and other developmental disorders.Â Families are required to contribute to the cost of the dog via fundraising.
Waiting list times apply and not all children are eligible for this program. Depending on the child’s needs you may be re-directed to ourÂ Companion Dog program.
DKD COMPANION DOGS
- increasing confidence
- lowering anxiety
- providing companionship