SpecSpeak Episode 9 Pamela Kent 800

The Difference Between Autism Service Dogs & Emotional Support Pets, with Pamela Kent | Spectrumly Speaking ep. 9

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In this episode, hosts Lauren Gerber Ms. Ed., PSY. D. and Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS speak with Pamela Kent. Pamela is both an American Kennel Club Evaluator and a Therapy Dogs International Evaluator, and is the person that trained Dr. Gerber’s therapy dog Gio. Becca, Dr. Gerber, and Pamela discuss the differences between emotional support dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, the role animals other than dogs can play, the needs a service pet can serve for a person on the autism spectrum, and how to battle the stigma of using a support animal.

If you are interested in reaching Pamela Kent, email us at spectrumlyspeaking@gmail.com

Mentioned in this episode-


Boy surprised with service dog

Portrait of a 6-year-old artist with autism and her therapy cat

For more about Dr. Gerber, check out her website, drlaurengerber.com.

For more about Becca, check out her website, beccalory.com, and look for her on Facebook

Have a question or story for us? E-mail us at SpectrumlySpeaking@gmail.com


Spectrumly Speaking is the podcast dedicated to women on the autism spectrum, produced by Different Brains®. Every other week, join our hosts Haley Moss (an autism self-advocate, attorney, artist, and author) and Dr. Lori Butts (a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist, and licensed attorney) as they discuss topics and news stories, share personal stories, and interview some of the most fascinating voices from the autism community.