Autism service dogs protect there handler from
causing harm to themselves. Children with autism often experience
sensory overload in different environments and can sometimes deal
with their anxiety by hitting themselves. Autism service dogs are
trained to sense a shift in mood or behavior. By pressing into the
child or even laying on top of him or her, the dog's body weight
acts as a stabilizing and calming force, distracting the autistic
child from harming him or herself.