pilot programming offered by Pawsitive Action Foundation
a 501(c)(3) organization in Saint Cloud, Florida
Pawsitive Abilities is a Program Designed and Initiated by our Neuropsychologist Dr. Cristy L. Russo.
Cristy Russo, PhD., MSCP, created Pawsitive Abilities, from her passion about the collaboration between families, educators, & providers in facilitating a child-centered approach to promoting social, emotional and educational well-being. Since implementation of the pilot program, Osceola County has since been able to move forward with their full program EAD Osceola which has grown from 3 dogs in 3 schools to multiple dogs across the county. Dr. Russo is a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida and available for consultation or program development. For additional information regarding the Pawsitive Abilities programming or to schedule a presentation, training, or consultation, contact Dr. Russo at 321-802-1150 or by email.
Focused on the needs of children, adolescents and young adults with Autism and developmental disabilities and their families. Making life a little kinder one dog at a time.
Commitment to Children and Families
Pawsitive Abilities’ programming is designed to provide training, education, and support to improve the outcomes of individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities through the utilization of service and therapy dogs and community education.
Pawsitive Abilities is comprised of a volunteer committee with various backgrounds including professional dog trainers, mental health providers, retired educators, parents and caregivers with affected family members who are dedicated to meeting needs of children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism and developmental disabilities and their families. Our programming is designed to provide training, education, and support to improve the outcomes of the children through the utilization of service and therapy dogs.
Facilitator Training Support
Each applicant and family is interviewed and upon acceptance into the program will engage in the general training process and companion placement will occur based on the individual needs of the child and family.
Individual Service Dog Placement
Service Dog Training
Facilitator & Child Interaction
Service Dog Awareness
Each classroom facilitator is interviewed and upon acceptance into the program must provide a letter from their school and school district providing permission to utilize the educational assistance dog in the classroom.
Educational Assistance Dogs
School Support &Education
Service Dog Awareness
Raising awareness within the community and providing support and training to educators, providers, and community organizations. Creating a community of collaboration to help promote the knowledge of benefits of service animals and mental health awareness.
Therapy Dog Outreach