Disclaimer: The video is a graphic depiction of a form of Autism. Please watch with caution as well as compassion.
This video of a service dog helping his charge, Danielle Jacobs, through what she calls on YouTube an Asperger-related meltdown, has gone viral. Her first statement in the description states, “This is what having Aspergers is like.” It’s also what having a great service dog is like. Watch it here:
“This is what’s considered a meltdown,” Jacobs wrote. “Please no negative comments; this really happened and it’s not easy to open myself and share what it’s like on a daily basis.”
In the video Jacobs is seen crying nearly hysterically and repeatedly hitting herself in the chest and head. Her dog, Samson, is there to take her hands away, to calm her – actions he was trained to do. “It appears the response is late but it’s actually supposed to be as I’m coming out of the meltdown as I tend to have a panic attack after,” Jacob wrote.
According to Autism Speaks, “Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) considered to be on the ‘high functioning’ end of the spectrum.” Those with Asperger syndrome may have trouble with social interactions and/or exhibit repetitiveness. Some may also experience meltdowns associated with high levels of stress or overstimulation.
Luckily for people living with Asperger syndrome, there are dogs like Samson who are trained to get them through it.