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Therapy dogs at Hinsdale Humane Society help children with autism

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 1:00 p.m. CDT

HINSDALE — Each day in the U.S., thousands of parents are told their child has autism. These children often go through tireless hours of therapy learning to communicate and function like their peers.

Thanks to the help of some uniquely trained dogs though, they’re achieving their goals at a much faster speed.

Children receiving treatment at Adventist Paulson Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in Hinsdale are working with a specially trained team of pet therapy dogs from Hinsdale Humane Society. A break from their normal tasks, time spent with these dogs gives these children confidence, an emotional connection, eye contact and strength in their actions.

The dogs, which are certified with Pet Partners, also have helped children with speech conditions to talk.

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