Posts Tagged ‘Autism’
In March 2016, Jason Hackett, a reporter for WPTV, featured a story of 4 year old Tyler and his family’s journey to obtain an Autism Service Dog from Canines 4 Hope, an organization that trains service dogs for people with disabilities.
The article explains how Cookie will be trained to the specific needs of Tyler including bolting and running off. For complete story, visit WPTV, Palm City service dog to assist South Carolina 4 year old on the Autism spectrum
On Sep 23, 2016, WPTV reporter Jason Hackett caught back up with Tyler and Cookie to follow up on Tyler’s journey when Tyler and his family came to Canines 4 Hope in Palm City, Florida to pick up his Service Dog, Cookie. The bond was immediate and months of training were put to the test right away as Tyler’s mom explains,
“The other day we had a thunderstorm, and usually at home when there thunderstorms Tyler melts down and is so upset,” Kimberly says. “We just put Cookie over by him and he just calmed down.”
For the complete follow up story, A New Leash on Life: 4-year-old South Carolina boy on autism spectrum paired with local service dog
Recently, Tyler’s mother reached out to Canines 4 Hope to let us know how Tyler and Cookie are doing since they’ve arrived home with Cookie.
Here they are the other day before school. Tyler needed some deep pressure while I made breakfast and Cookie came to the rescue and helped keep him calm while I cooked.
As a service dog trainer, I hear many heart-wrenching stories of the struggles people endure just to make it through a day.
Recently I was contacted about our Autism Service Dogs by a mother who has a 3 year old son with Autism. She shared with me a video, a very powerful video so I would be able to put faces with names and get a good idea of their family’s specific autism service dog needs. When I clicked on the video link. I was expecting something like “Hi, my name is___ and this is my son___”. Boy, was I wrong! This family put together a beautiful short but powerful visual documenting and highlighting their journey which includes the struggles their family endured to finally get to an autism diagnosis. Now they can finally focus on his needs. This is their journey with Autism.
If you know someone who is walking this same path, please share this touching and beautiful video. #AutismAwareness
For additional information on Autism Service Dogs contact: canines4hope.com