Paws 4 Autism
Lees Summit, MO (Kansas City)
Paws 4 Autism utilizes specially trained dogs to help children with autism and their families. The PDF grant will specifically fund the Canine Assisted Social Skills in Education Program (CASSIE) which provides social and communication skills training for individuals aged 6-14 who have autism. CASSIE targets high-functioning children with an interest in dogs to learn conversation skills, eye contact, appropriate touch, body language, good sportsmanship, and classroom protocols. Paws 4 Autism is 100% staffed by volunteers. Funds will specifically offset costs for training equipment, safety equipment, materials and books, and training and testing of staff to become Certified Professional Dog Trainers.