They are wrong that this dog is the first to be selected and trained for a child with FAS. I trained a lab as a companion for a child with FAS. The child's father became my second husband. She was much more disabled than Ilya sounds. When I came into the picture, she was 6 yrs old. She could not feed herself, dress herself, turn a doorknob, or speak coherently. She had only one consonant, "D" and only at the beginning of words; and two vowels, short "a", and long "e". She stood, or flopped, and screamed if she wanted something.
First I had to convince her father to let her take speech therapy, and get her into a program that would accept someone who had no hearing problem. In the meantime I worked on her basic skills, like wiping herself when she went to the bathroom; opening a door; feed herself; and putting on velcro strap shoes. Without at least this much, and some speech improvement; she couldn't attend kindergarten. It was frustrating until I discovered she learned neither by visual nor audio means, but tactiley. You had to physically move her body, hands, whatever; through the action again and again before she could mimic it. Her speech improved. One day she said an approximation on her own name.
By third grade she had learned to count to ten. Then I got her into a new program that had two teachers, four teachers aides, and eight students of various ages. This was also when I got her a dog. The summer preceding I had workedwith her on her terror of dogs. When she was confident enough I got her a lab cross. I trained the dog to do the same sorts of things the dog in the article did. By the end of that school year she had managed to read an entire sentence of several words. And her speech improved when I told her she needed to give clear commends to her dog. Eventually the average person could understand her if they took the time to concentrate. She eventually joined 4-H with the dog. Her walking was never smooth but lurched, but the dog knew how to avoid being stepped on, and the attempt to not step on the dog made her work harder at physical therapy.
I never left her unattended with the dog, though sometimes she didn't know it. She never once blew up at her dog. And no, the dog went only places pets were allowed!