Soul Friends provides innovative clinical and educational programs for children that promote the healing benefits of the human-animal bond. PDF will support two programs: Heeling Hearts is an eight-week supportive group program for at-risk kids utilizing therapy dogs to explore the loss, trauma, grief and illness that have impacted their lives. The empathetic connection with the animals allows the children to express complex emotions in a safe environment. Come, Follow Me!is a six-week program of dog and social skills training for children affected with Autism Spectrum disorders. Studies have proven that dogs allow a connection with autistic children that people often cannot achieve, establishing critical communication that lasts well beyond the dogs’ involvement with the children.