Little Thor needs our help to get the Autism Service Dog he so desperately needs in his life. With the help of friends, relatives, and strangers they have already raised the $13,000 necessary to bring a dog from 4 Paws for Ability into Thor’s life. The date is set for them to go and pick up their dog but in order for that to happen they need to fly out to where the dog and its trainers are located and spend a few weeks learning how to live with and use the service dog properly. This all takes a lot of money and Thor’s family is reaching out again to ask for help so they can finally meet their ” Miracle”
Thor, was a bright baby. By 15 months he could use short sentences and had an extensive vocabulary for his age. When he was about 18 months, Thor slowly regressed to non-verbal and showed signs of aggression, self injury, and severe anxiety. Thor was diagnosed on April 14th, 2011 with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, and extreme Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
How will a service dog help?
A service dog would allow Thor the ability to have more freedom in public by having him tethered to the dog and being able to walk along side the dog, rather than being carried or strapped in a stroller. A service dog would also be able to track and retrieve Thor if he were to get away from his family, comfort him when he is upset or having a meltdown, and keep him from dangerous activities and bad behaviors. Right now because of Thor’s destructive behavior he has to wear a helmet both at home and in public which singles him out as a child with a disability. Having a service dog would give his mother the ability to not be constantly watching her son every second of every day.
4 Paws for Ability takes a child with Autism and all the difficulties they have with verbalization, communication, and social relationships and pairs them with a well trained service dog specifically trained to meet their unique needs; to create a consistency in the child’s life as their dogs go every where that they go, even within places of public accommodation, and the educational system bringing along with them: consistency, stability, and calm reassurance that the feelings of anxiety or fear are not needed because their trusted buddy is by their side.
This is the plea from Thor’s mother to help her baby get the service dog he desperately needs.
I’m a single mother to a 3 year old boy with severe disabilities: Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Extreme Anxiety. He’s been approve for an Autism Service Dog through www.4pawsforability.org. I’ve raised the $13,000 for the dog, but now need almost $10,000 to travel for 2 weeks to train with and get his service dog in August 2012. We live in Quesnel, BC (north-west Canada) and his Service Dog is in Xenia, Ohio.
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Felissa Elfenbein is the author and creator of Two Little Cavaliers. She loves to travel and so do her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Davinia and Indiana. We have lived in NYC, Florida, Georgia, Berlin, Germany, & Hong Kong.
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