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Changing Lives -
one paw at a time

The ALD Team

The Autism Life Dogs Team are passionate about dogs and the incredible ways they can enhance the lives of children with additional needs.

Our knowledgeable and experienced team come from a background of therapy and education specialising in ASD and related intellectual developmental disabilities. We are qualified Animal-Assisted Therapy Practitioners and have bespoke Autism Assistance Dog training.

All team members are enhanced DBS checked (previously known as CRB).

Danielle Brook, PGDip, Dip. Psych, MRTI – Founder and Director

Danielle is a therapist specialising in assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Conditions and Sensory Processing Disorder.

She developed the Autism Life Dog Therapy Programme as part of her Postgraduate in Autism Spectrum Condition at Sheffield Hallam University supervised by Professor Luke Beardon.  Danielle also completed postgraduate study in Sensory Integration Therapy through Cardiff University, as well as being an assessment and diagnostic clinician qualified through the Autism Treatment Trust and the Institute for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

In addition she has a Diploma in Animal-Assisted Therapy and was awarded the Laing & Buisson Independent Specialist Care Award for Services to Autism.

Alexandra Furzer – Canine Behaviourist, Trainer and Therapy Practitioner

Alexandra joined the team as an expert canine behaviourist and trainer.  Alex comes from an educational background with experience and qualifications in children’s early years development and play therapy.  She has a passion for how dogs can help children with special needs reach their full potential.

Amanda Robinson – Trainer and Animal-Assisted Therapy Practitioner

Amanda trained at the International Animal Behaviour Training College and is a qualified dog trainer specialising in therapy assistance dog training.  Amanda has a background and qualifications in early years, children and young people’s development.

With a son on the autism spectrum, Amanda brings a unique personal perspective knowing first-hand how life changing having an autism therapy support dog has been for her son and family.   She is passionate about bringing these special dogs together with other families with autism.