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Task list -
tasks can be  cued,  trained or a combination, depending on the symptom

Indicates the task is a trained response to the handler's condition

Indicates the task is "cued"

or functions with a verbal command from the handler

Indicates the task is for



Indicates the task is acceptable for Assistance Dogs

Indicates the task

is acceptable for Therapy Dogs


Alert to (incipient) episode

medical or psychiatric

Alert to dangerous situations and forgotten appliances left on or running.

Alerts to family member or caregiver to incipient or occurring episode

Bring medication or other objects

  • Aggressive Driving

  • Change in breathing pattern

  • Emotional escalation

  • Hyperfocus

  • Hyperlocomotion

  • Increase/decrease in heart rate

  • Muscle/facial tension

  • Most symptoms of highs and lows in blood sugar such as dizziness, fainting and loss of energy

  • Olfactory or visual/auditory cue

  • Pounding heart

  • Restlessness or distractability

  • Sleep disturbance (nightmare/terrors)

  • Startle response

  • Convulsions/seizures

  • Eating disorder behavior

  • Feeling tired or confused

Tactlle stimulation

Bodily or eye contact

Deep Pressure Therapy

  • Anxiety attack

  • Apathy/disengagement

  • Depersonalization

  • Derealization

  • Difficulty initiating movement

  • Distractability

  • Dissociative flashback

  • Emotional upheaval

  • Fear/agoraphobia

  • Feelings of Isolation

  • Fight or flight response

  • Flashback or distress

  • Hypervigilance

  • Increase in heart rate

  • Intrusive thoughts/images

  • Nausea

  • Pounding heart

  • Racing thoughts

  • Restlessness or inability to remain still

  • Sadness or tearfulness

"Ground" Handler

Guide Handler to a

Safe Place

Predestined location

Exits or stairwells

  • Flight or Fight response

  • Flashbacks or distress

  • Hypervigilance

  • Night Terrors

  • Psychomotor retardation

  • Psychosis

  • Sensory overload

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Startle response

  • Suicidal ideation

  • Anxiety attack

  • Catatonic behavior

  • Delusions

  • Disorganized speech or behavior

  • Dissociation

  • Dissociative Flashbakck

  • Dissociative Fugue

  • Emotional escalation

  • Fear

  • Feeling overwhelmed

Remind handler to perform daily routines

  • Disorganization

  • Memory Loss

  • Most symptoms related to early onset Alzheimer's disease

  • Most disorganization and manic high-lows of blood sugar disorders

"Anchor" handler to bed

Remind Handler of bedtime

Take/use sleep aids

Wake Up handler

Turn Lights On

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Night terrors

  • Insomnia




  • Dizziness

  • Fugue

  • Faint and flight response

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