This type A, organized mom was really fighting the idea of adding a four-legged addition to our family. I finally felt like our family routine was a well-oiled machine and I was a tad nervous about messing with happy.   All I could picture was sleepless nights, lots of paper towels and white vinegar, and chewed up dining room chairs.  So when a six month old crate trained, house broken, sweet white mop of love fell into our laps, I knew it was meant to be.  Our puppy has only been with us for a short time but has had a unbelievable impact on all of us, especially my sensory child.  As I have watched this bond grow, here are my thoughts on why this relationship is so easy for my sensory child:


For many sensory kids, reading facial expressions and emotions on top of trying to understand what you are saying totally overwhelms them.  Pets keep in simple – no words and only two main non-verbal cues to figure out:

  1. Tail Wagging and lots of licks mean LOVE & MORE LOVE
  2. No tail wagging and no licks means everything else (tired, sad, sick)


Pets are a great segway into social understanding.  Because animals keep it so simple, they can be the perfect teachers for helping sensory kids understand another being’s thoughts and needs.


When your sensory child comes home after a long day at school, pets don’t ask about homework or ask how the day was.  All they do is come running to the door with a huge level of excitement about them being home again.  For kids that often feel like they are the square peg in the round hole, this type of unconditional love is an amazing gift.

Embrace those opportunities that push you out of your comfort zone – gifts are waiting for you, your sensory child, and the rest of your family.  Our puppy is connecting this sensory family in new and amazing ways.  Feeling Grateful for Puppy Love ♥