The Social Signal Dog
The Social Signal Dog is a term used to define the work done by a dog that is trained to work with more than one disability
within a group of individuals.
A social signal service dog is an innovative teaching tool used
by social workers, therapists, physicians, early education
and special needs teachers working with children with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities.
highly skilled dogs work for children and adults who cannot assume total responsibility for a working dog but can benefit
from the therapeutic value of a dog. They have many of the advanced skills of a service dog but can be handled by a third
dogs often put in many working hours a day and generally love it. The dog’s dedication is unending and its loyalty without
"It has been proven that Autism and related disabilities interfere with basic perception and learning processes. While
a dog cannot replace human reasoning and judgment, a trained Social Signal dog (SSigDOG) can compensate for many perceptual
and learning impairments. A SSigDOG is essentially an attention-focuser. They are skilled in obedience and social interaction,
incredibly tolerant and very well adjusted.”
The PAWS 4 KIDS Program™
pull, no, and sit are basic commands for any young dog, just as be polite, don’t talk back, and say please and thank
you are basic rules for any child. Little else can equal the learning opportunities offered by a non-verbal species whose
non-judgmental, unconditionally loving interaction motivates even the most difficult children.
have a lot of the same personality traits, behavior issues, and temperaments that many young people do. The kids in this program
see themselves rather quickly in these dogs. Kids participating in this program learn tools to teach and reinforce basic to
advanced obedience commands. Dogs and children learn in much the same manner, through trial and error, by making associations
between one thing and another.
negative reinforcement helps direct the learning experience in favor of a predetermined outcome. Students participating in
this program experience first hand just how learning takes place. They see how they can help a dog actually become a
better dog, and in so doing, see how they’re a better person because of it. They feel a sense of accomplishment. They
feel acknowledged. They feel listened to. They feel downright good. They find it rewarding when they work through their own
frustration and a dog’s willingness to obey, and they feel great when they realize that because of them, through their
patience, tone of voice, enthusiasm, and skill - this is happening.
Dog Interactions: We
want children to have a safe and positive experience with dogs. It is our goal to be able to provide hands on training opportunity
for all participants and to ensure a positive experience for all. With this in mind our program includes only those canines
that have been qualified in our Temperament and Assistance programs; these canine ambassadors have the experience
of working with children and have advanced social skills training.
Program is a positive, challenging, goal-oriented, and successful
program that gives kids many opportunities to cope with frustration, work through provocative behavior, and be responsible
while working independently.
A few of the fun activities to look
At PAWS 4 KIDS students will learn to care
for companion animals. With their furry pal they will explore veterinary care, behavior, training, safety as well as enjoy
animal themed games, crafts and activities.
Students will have the opportunity to read books with the dogs and
participate in activities related to topic of the day with help from our program dogs.
learn the comfort of a dog while having the opportunity to explore and share feelings with teachers and each other.
Canine Care Working Dog Association instructors and programs are
certified through the North American Temperament Test Association, Association of Canine Behavior Consultants, and CCAD
Assistance Dogs. Knowledge of assistance dog training and handling skills together with teaching skills effective with youth
is of utmost importance in our Social Signal Dog Programs. Measurable competency in these areas is required, initially demonstrated
by successful completion of the Canine Behavioral Level 1 Course, Cynology, Temperament assessment workshops, canine behavioral
studies through the Qualification Council
of Canine Trainers, and the CCAD Assistance Therapy Dog training & evaluation courses, which are required for certification
of all therapuetic programs. ALL
canine assistance teams, and program directors, are reviewed while interning under State Social Service Workers, educators,
and, or Special Education counselors.
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