I have been going to an Assisted Care facility with my little dog. The alzheimer ward is tough on me but the dog does a good job getting the patients' attention and bringing emotions up. I do a demonstration of tricks with Bess to get their attention and then visit with those who want it. I get them to feed the dog which sure brings emotion to their faces. A few weeks ago the nurse told me two of the men had not talked all week and they had just talked to Bess. That was the best. My mentor visits a school class of non-responsive autistic children. One of them spoke his first words to her lab.