Multipurpose assistance dogs are dogs that are highly trained to assist children with multiple issues. Children with disabilities coming from premature birth, syndromes such as Down’s, apraxia, ADHD, fraxile X, life threatening medical illnesses or a variety of mental health diagnosis that cannot fit exactly into one of the categories of service dogs, may benefit from a multipurpose assistance dog. Some children may have a combination of conditions. For example autism and seizures, or mobility issues and seizures.
The Nina Service Dogs organization trains dogs to fit the needs tailored to each child. Specialized training aside, the dogs help children gain more confidence, improve their socialization skills and give them an overall feeling of security.