We are the Silberman Family! We live in Eugene Oregon with our three children, our oldest having special needs. Our son, Jacob, has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder and number of other issues resulting from his pre- and postnatal exposure to alcohol and drugs by his birth mother. After several years of various therapies and educating ourselves about the struggles of people with FASD, we realized that a service dog would be life-changing for him. On average, it costs $40,000 or more to train a service dog, and we need to raise $17,000 to help 4 Paws for Ability with the cost.
Jacob is a sweet and loving nine-year-old who loves gymnastics, playing with his younger brother and baby sister, and anything robot related! He has been through a lot in his short life. He has experienced neglect and other trauma in the first 3 years of his life before he came to live with us.
Jacob has a list of several diagnoses, but the basic truth is that due to the pre- and postnatal exposure to alcohol and methamphetamine from his birth mother, Jacob has difficulty doing things that many of us take for granted, the ability to make and keep friends, enjoy and succeed in school, or predict consequences. Jacob has behavioral difficulties as a result of the neurological damage and damage to the executive functioning of his brain. Executive functioning deficits are expressed through poor memory, inability to follow or track multi-step instructions, poor social skills, inability to learn from experience, lack of impulse control and outbursts of rage, and lack of safety awareness.
A FASD Assistance Dog would help Jacob in three areas:
- Behavior Disruption (Lap, Nuzzle, Deep Pressure, and Kisses) for anxiety and to calm during times of meltdowns and sensory overload.
● Trained to scent track Jacob in the event he bolts
● Offer comfort and companionship while helping with social interactions, creating a bridge between Jacob and peers.
Will you help us invest in Jacob’s future? Having a service dog today will completely change his quality of life tomorrow. If you can help us, please visit https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/erica-silberman/4pawsforJacob or http://4pawsforability.org/donate-now. Include Jacob’s name in the “Instructions to Merchant” if paying through PayPal. You can mail a check with Jacob’s name on the memo line as well. The address is the following:
4 Paws for Ability
In honor of Jacob Silberman
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio 45385
Thank you so much for your time in reading this and your consideration of Jacob’s needs.