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Georgia school partners autistic students with future service dogs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's an unexpected approach to help kids dealing with autism. A new program in a Georgia school partners students with future service animals.

The Lionheart School is taking typical and turning it on its head -- on its furry, adorable head.

Eight-week-old golden retriever puppies from the Paws for People Foundation will grow up to be service dogs for war veterans, but until they're four months old, they will stay with the students at Lionheart, a school for children with autism.

It's a first-of-its kind partnership in the nation, named "Lionpaws," in which kids and puppies alike learn through play.

The students help socialize the puppies, desensitizing them to the ever changing noisy world around them.

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