Avery is an amazing, smart, and playful 4-year-old who is filled with joy. He was diagnosed with Nonverbal Autism and major sensory food aversions when he was just over 2 years old. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. There is no cure for Autism, however, there are a number of interventions and tools which have proven effective in helping a person with Autism. One tool can be an Autism Service Dog, which we feel is perfect for Avery based on his love for dogs. After extensive research and consideration, we decided to start the process of getting him an Autism Service Dog through 4 Paws for Ability.
4 Paws Autism Assistance Dogs can be trained in a variety of tasks to assist a child. These include behavior disruption to distract and disrupt repetitive behaviors or meltdowns, tethering to prevent and protect a child from wandering, and search and rescue tracking to locate a child who has wandered.
An Autism Assistance Dog would benefit Avery in many ways, such as:
Performing deep pressure by lying across his lap when he gets upset.
Snuggling or giving kisses when Avery is upset and crying.
Improve Avery’s sleep just by being present and snuggling.
Using search and rescue skills to follow Avery’s scent and lead us to him, should he ever wander off.
Prevent wandering while out in public by being tethered to Avery.
Becoming a social bridge leading to incentive to communicate.
Assisting with transitions.
It costs 4 Paws for Ability between $40,000 – $60,000 to train and properly place each service dog. Their funding model is partial payment for services, meaning they cover a portion of the cost and we as a family are responsible for a service fee of $17,000, so we are asking for your help in our efforts to raise the money needed for our son to become one of the many children benefiting from a service animal.
If you’d like to help, donations can be made here:
Or over the phone at 4 Paws by calling 937-374-0385 Monday through Friday 9AM to 4PM EST. If you prefer to donate by check please make them payable to 4 Paws for Ability and writing Avery’s full name (Avery Brothers) on the memo line and mailing it to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Avery Brothers
207 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio 45385