Bryce is now a 4-year-old boy who is extremely active and has a great love for learning and exploring the world around him. We love him and are so lucky to have Bryce in our family. Our family would like to thank you for taking the time to get to know our son better. Below is a brief look into Bryce’s struggles and how we are working to improve his everyday life.
Bryce was born early from a Placental Abruption and spent extra time in the hospital’s NICU before coming home to us. By the time he was 3 he was formally diagnosed with Dyspraxia, Hypotonia, Autism, and Developmental Delays. His dyspraxia, which affects motor planning, makes many basic tasks difficult for him to perform including communicating. Hypotonia means he has low-muscle tone and he has to work hard to strengthen his muscles through physical therapy, swimming, and horseback riding. Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Bryce’s autism isn’t always easy for others to see, but when our family is not doing routine activities this appears more often as new situations, transitions, or even just loud and crowded places cause him distress making normal tasks difficult for him. One aspect of autism that greatly impacts Bryce is sensory processing disorder making some of these situations literally painful for him. Bryce’s developmental delays, specifically in language, means that he primarily communicates using gestures or sign language. He has recently begun to use a few words appropriately, but they are difficult for him to recall on demand due to his dyspraxia. Bryce has recently found a lot of independence in using a Picture Exchange System to make choices. Bryce remains hardworking and attends preschool everyday year round, speech therapy biweekly, and occupational therapy weekly which have all had a huge impact on improving his daily life. He has been making great progress and we are extremely excited for him. Despite all of this, Bryce remains loving, generous, charismatic, and even-tempered.
4 Paws for Ability can provide our family with an Autism Service Dog that will have been raised and trained to specifically meet the needs of Bryce. Bryce’s dog will be able to disrupt behaviors, assist with balance, be used for tethering in public for safety, and be able to track him if needed. These are just a few of the things that will help improve Bryce’s independence. Our family will love having this new addition to alert us of problems at night or when we don’t have our eyes on Bryce, which will provide some much needed peace of mind. Bryce has significant delays in processing information like danger, recognizing pain when hurt, and even feeling hungry that makes it difficult to keep him safe. His dog will help keep him safer so he can experience the world more independently and can provide a voice when necessary. We are also excited about the therapeutic benefits this dog will provide for Bryce.
To do this it will cost 4 Paws over $40,000 to train a dog for us, and our family has committed to raising $17,000 of that. If you are able to make a donation to 4 Paws for Ability in honor of Bryce, we would be so grateful.
Donations in support of Bryce should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Bryce LeGeyt on the memo line. Mail checks to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Bryce LeGeyt
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.
If you wish to make an online donation, the website is:
Please include in the Notes for 4 Paws for Ability section of the form “Donation made in honor of Bryce LeGeyt”
Thank you for your continued support on behalf of our son Bryce!
-Craig, Kristen, Bryce, and Ryan LeGeyt