Desensitizing Children to Dogs

Over the years, numerous parents have reported to us that their children with autism are extremely afraid of dogs. This fear impacts the entire family: siblings beg for pet dogs to no avail, visits with dog-owning friends are limited, neighborhood strolls result in anxiety-ridden outbursts. Through Hope Unleashed, we have used a systematic behavioral approach to desensitize children with autism to dogs.

We documented one child’s progress in a video called “Desensitizing Children with Autism to Dogs.”