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4. Fear of Underfootings

Definition Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Fearful, nervous, apprehensive of various walking surfaces: slippery floors, gratings, other
  • No fear or apprehension when approaching different walking surfaces (slippery floors, gratings).
  • Crosses over them without changing pace
  • Very mild signs of avoidance when approaching or walking on different surfaces (slippery floors, gratings).
  • Signs may include:
    1. slight hesitancy to step on, very mild hurrying across surface
    2. mildly tense body language
  • Maintains work
  • Mild signs of avoidance when approaching or walking on different surfaces.
  • Signs may include:
    1. mild hesitancy to step on with mild transient compression
    2. mild hurrying across surface
    3. moderately tense body language
  • Improves with subsequent exposure without encouragement from handler.
  • Maintains work
  • Moderate signs of avoidance when approaching or walking on different surfaces
  • Signs may include:
    1. balking on approach
    2. attempts to jump over
    3. hurrying to get off surface
    4. slowing down dramatically
    5. will always tend to avoid them, but not at the expense of making a clearance error or endangering the person
  • Requires encouragement to maintain work
  • Fearful when approaching or walking on different surfaces
  • Signs may include:
    1. hesitancy, hurrying, balking or refusal
    2. very tense body language
    3. will avoid them even if it results in a clearance error or other mistake that may endanger the person.
  • Does not maintain work
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