OP seems rather high functioning for someone with autism, so I'm not sure I understand why the dog is a "service dog" and not an emotional support dog?
Nimrodel is a service dog because she is task trained. Emotional support animals are not task trained. -short answer
long answer- When it come to my functioning level yes I am high functioning in the sense that I have a high verbal IQ and can speak fluently (most of the time emergencies are a different situation all together same as when I am upset) but my verbal abilities don't reflect on my other areas of functioning. I am defiantly not on the highest functioning end. I still live at home and cant live alone without support. I am also unable to drive and I know there are other on the high end of the spectrum who live alone and drive.
What are my daily struggles with autism?
I still have sensory issues and struggle to handle load crowded areas and these can easily cause sensory overload. When I am wrapped up in my obsessions I often will block out most sensory info such as auditory or it will process slower and will not notice things like fire alarms or at other times the sudden alarm will startle me causing me to panic and hide or cover my ears and try to process whats hapening
comuniction-I am unable to read people and can not read deception. I have very limited facail expression and body language and struggle to maintain a conversation. evan these threads take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to write because i need to get up and walk in circles inorder to plan out the wording this is the sme for the videos I make. The training videos are all scripted
I obsess and still struggle to talk outside my obsession ( note my current obsession autism service dogs and German Shepherds)
I am often off in my own world," and have a tendence note to process thing like streets and such when I am
Meltdowns- I have those still ussualy when plans or routines change and during sensory overload my meltdowns range from mild to severe and at the more severe end I have SIB (self injurious behavior like head punching and arm bitting none of wich are in my control
Selfcare issues- I am able to use the potty and shower and cook but I struggle with selfcare things like eating as in I will forget to eat untill I am extremely hungery when I am alone and often wont bother to cook but look for what is easy to make or already cooked. Doctors dentist and such forget it those are always a struggle I hate them (except regular checkup at the doctors but the dentist evan a simple cleaning is really hard for me to handle.
Sleep- I have a lot of trouble sleeping and have frequant night awakenings and nightmares
Wandering: I tend to wander when I am off in my own world and hen I wonder I don't process most dangers
this is a very well done Article on autism and wandering by Samantha Driscole- Welcome to Facebook - Log In, Sign Up or Learn More
Miscalneous- I have coordination issues and frequently drop things and have a tendency to loose things do to this
relationships- I struggle to make friends and maitane friendships as.
these are only a few things I struggle with in brief.
What Are Nimrodel's service dog tasks to help me with some of thees?
climbs into bed with me and will rest her head on my chest or lay across my legs to offer deeppressure to help me get back to sleep
Self harming behavior:
Nimrodel Will interrupt and redirect behavior by licking y face or arms then will lay across my lap to offer calming deep pressure to help me get through the meltdown
Nimrodel alerts to them when I am tuning them ot and if needed gets them out of the area with a "Outside," comand
Nimrodel climbs in my lap as stated in self harming
Nimrodel will stop me from walking right out by sitting or laying down and refusing to more until the street is clear. She will also cut me off by stepping in front of me
Track me if I have one off without her but normaly I am with her and she will stop me from walking off into streets watches me if I am near water if I get lost she will also track or way back home by back tracking our sent trail.
Separated from in crowds:
seeks out person I was with and reunites me with them
Over whelmed or over stimulate
: Nimrodel will lead me to an exit or a quiet area.
not noticing alarm clock knock on the door or phone:
Nimrodelwill nudge me and will alert me to alarm/phone or knocking by nudging me and walking to what needs my attention
Nimrodel alerts me to when it is time to take my medicine (for a thyroid issue)
Same as night awakenings
people approach me and ask about her and she helps me make friends
my next SD will also be trained to
turn on lights on comand
retrieve help on comand
retrive dropped or forgotten object
(may have other to not sure)