Luke Bean

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Luke is a seven year old little boy with Autism.  Luke was diagnosed with Autism when he was 2 1/2 yrs. old;  at the time of his diagnoses he was non verbal, with considerable development delay.  With the help of much therapy he is now verbal but still struggles with delayed development.  The daily activities that most people perform can be very difficult and frustrating for Luke – going to a doctors’ appointment, getting a haircut, getting dressed, simple activities most of us take for granted.  Luke loves to pretend and dress up as a doctor.  He also loves playing with trains, cars and boats, but most especially trains of all shapes and sizes.

Luke was recently accepted by a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization called 4 Paws For Ability, which provides disabled children with a trained service dog to meet the child’s specific needs.  In return, we have committed to raise $15,000 for this organization and also raise awareness about their cause.  It costs the agency between $40,000 and 60,000 to place a single service dog for a child or veteran.

Luke is unable to sleep by himself and needs constant supervision and redirection in simple daily activities. Luke struggles with staying engaged in activities and sitting for periods of time making learning new things very difficult.  Luke’s service dog would be with him during the night, and reassure his physical activity during the day.

An Autism Assistance Dog will be specifically trained for Luke to perform specific tasks such as:

Behavior Disruption:  Children with Autism can often present with challenging behaviors.  An Autism Assistance Dog can be trained to recognize and interrupt repetitive or harmful behaviors by touching, kissing, nuzzling or providing deep pressure.

Luke really enjoys being outdoors and is a part of  Hippo-therapy, which is therapeutic horse riding for the people with disabilities. We have noticed a positive change in Luke’s behavior when he is around the horses.  Although Luke loves the outdoors, we have to be extremely cautious, so this limits the time he can spend out doors.  Because of his decreased safety awareness, he is unaware of the consequence of dangerous situations.  Luke’s dog will also be trained in tracking, children with Autism often wander because they enjoy exploring, need to escape a sensory discomfort, want to find their favorite spot, wandering to bodies of water, (Luke is having great difficulty learning to swim), running in the street or parking lots, the danger of moving vehicles, getting away from us in the mall or stores, or need to escape an anxiety.   Tethering to one of us and the service dog while walking outdoors will keep Luke from danger and help his family breath a little easier.  An Autism Assistance Dog can be trained to track and locate a child by scent, similar to a “search and rescue” dog.  This training is invaluable to keep a child from getting lost or injured.

What is 4 Paws For Ability?

4 Paws For Ability is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of children with disabilities by the training and placement of quality, task trained service dogs to provide increased independence for children and assistance to their families.  They also strive to educate the public to accept the use of service dogs in public places.

Please help us raise funds for 4 Paws For Ability to attain an Autism Assistance Dog for Luke.  Donations can be made directly to 4 Paws For Ability by including Luke’s name with your donation, or you can visit https://www.razoo.com/story/4pawsforlukebean. Checks can be mailed with Luke Bean written in the memo section, to:

4 Paws For Ability
In Honor of Luke Bean
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, OH 45385

For more information about 4 Paws For Ability, please go to www.4pawsforability.org.  The Bean family thanks you for your support!