Let me introduce Cooper. He is a lonely, isolated and frustrated little boy. He is also funny, creative, intelligent and very curious. He loves video games; baseball, his tablet, watching youtube, rocks and animals. On the outside, Cooper looks like your average 9-year-old boy, but Cooper has many significant disabilities that impact his attempts to simply life his life day to day. Cooper suffered neurological organic brain damage due to his exposure to heroin and methamphetamine prior to birth. It has caused damage to the executive functioning portion of his brain which impacts every area of his life. In addition, Cooper has a high functioning form of Autism along with a long list of diagnoses: Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Disruptive Emotional Dysregulation, ADHD; Impaired impulse control, an inability to learn from experience and social dysfunction. He wants friends, but cannot establish or maintain relationships due to his issues. Cooper also struggles with a number of learning challenges including Dyslexia, Language Processing Disorders, as well as Math and Reading Disorders.
We applied to 4 Paws for Ability so that Cooper can receive a service dog to help with some of the life challenges that he faces. We have been through the application process and gotten the necessary medical approvals and now we have agreed to raise $17,000 for 4 Paws for Ability. It costs 4 Paws a minimum of $40,000 per animal to train a dog to be a service dog. 4 Paws asks each family to raise $17,000 of that. Once we have raised our portion, 4 Paws will place us in a class and train a service dog specifically for Cooper’s needs.
The dog selected and trained for Cooper will help him with his autism and drug exposure behaviors and will be trained to track him if he wanders. The dog will help him maintain in school through training to interrupt an escalation or meltdown, apply deep pressure and encourage some social lubrication. This will give Cooper a non-judgmental, 24/7 friend who will be there for him when no one else wants to. The dog will also be trained to help Cooper sleep without waking and wandering. This service dog will be a forever friend who will love him unconditionally. We believe this will help Cooper become more independent and self-sufficient- skills that he will need to be successful in life.
A service dog can make a positive impact on the rest Cooper’s life that NO amount of therapy, medication or alternative therapy is able to do.
How can YOU help Cooper?
Donations in support of Cooper should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Cooper’s name on the memo line. Mail checks to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Cooper Root
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.
If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now . Include Cooper’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal. You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.
Thank you for your support!