FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY IN NEED OF LIFE-SAVING AUTISM ASSISTANCE DOG
Xander Helm is five years old and has two sisters. He attends kindergarten at Abraham Lincoln Elementary and is very active. He is constantly running and jumping. Anybody that knows him knows that he is such a sweet, lovable little boy. Xander enjoys doing puzzles, music, and being read to. He enjoys going to school and loves his teacher.
More About Xander
His current diagnosis is Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and ADHD. Xander was diagnosed at the age of three. He has significant delays in communication. Everyday communication is the biggest challenge. It is such an ongoing frustration for him. Xander is nonverbal and is currently learning how to use a communication system device, which is a work in progress. He attends Kidspot in Elizabethtown for occupational and speech therapies twice a week. He can’t use utensils to eat and isn’t potty trained yet. He requires close supervision at arm’s length for most daily living activities.
Xander’s mom, Jessica says, “As his mom, I want to support him as he grows to be able to experience life to the fullest of his ability. When Xander receives an autism assistance dog, his entire world will change! The dog will be trained how to cope with Xander’s noises and behaviors, to be calm and relaxed, and build a friendship with him—something that isn’t as easy for him as other children. His service dog will be able to calm Xander when he starts to hit himself in the face, which is called self-injurious behavior and is common in children with autism. In public places, where safety is a concern, I have to put Xander in a shopping cart or stroller to help keep him safe from wandering off. I would like him to become more independent and safe when in public so his dog will be trained to be tethered to him. Should he run off, the dog will be trained in search and rescue.”
How The Community Can Help
Xander’s family is approved for an autism assistance service dog specifically for him through 4 Paws for Ability. This dog could be life-saving! His family would appreciate any support from the community. It will cost 4 Paws for Ability at least $40,000 to place a dog with Xander. His family is committed to raising $17,000.
To donate by credit card, go to:
http://www.4PawsForAbility.org/donate-now Include Alexander Helm’s name in the ‘instructions to merchant” through Paypal.
To donate by check, make out to 4 Paws for Ability with Alexander Helm in the memo field and mail to:
4 Paws For Ability
In Honor of Alexander Helm
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385