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Blake and Brandon Beard

By March 2, 2020 No Comments

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family.   Blake and Brandon are 12 year old fraternal twins with Autism.    They may share a birthday, but that is where the similarities end.    Autism is a spectrum disorder and we have both ends of the spectrum in our home.  

Brandon is on the severe end of the Autism spectrum, and also suffers from ADHD, PTSD, PICA,  cognitive delay, and is non verbal.   He does have a few signs and uses an app on his Ipad for very basic communication, however the frustration due to his lack of speech causes a great deal of turmoil for Brandon and our family.   Our future service dog will be trained to recognize when Brandon is becoming frustrated and apply deep pressure that he seeks currently in non productive ways, such as head banging, stimming, and self-injurious behaviors that resulted historically in multiple ER visits, hospitalizations, and stitches for him and our family.   We often refer to Brandon as our “Ninja”, as he has a special set of skills for performing Houdini like maneuvers to escape car seats and any item used to contain him.   He is also drawn to water, however, is not a strong swimmer with his limited swimming skills.   You have likely seen in the news numerous cases of children with Autism wandering off and often drowning.   Our future service dog will be trained in tracking in the event Brandon is able to escape his surroundings.  

Blake is on the high functioning end of the spectrum, and struggles with social interactions and emotion regulation.   Through the use of an Autism trained service dog, we look forward to de-escalating frustrating situations for Blake in which he struggles to control his emotions.  Anxiety makes Blake often a very anxious kid, and this dog will provide a vehicle for him to calm himself not only with everyday tasks, but disruptions to his daily routine such as doctor's appointments.  

It costs 4 Paws between $40,000-60,000 to raise and properly train a service dog.  Our family is raising $17,000 of the total cost.  If you are able to make a donation on behalf of our family, you can do any of the following.

Donations can be mailed to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Christian Alford
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

Please make checks out to 4 Paws for Ability and please make sure to write on your check memo line – “In honor of Blake and Brandon Beard” 

If you wish to make a donation online the website, is .  Include Blake and Brandon Beard in the description box on the second page of the check out page or you can donate on our Mightycause page at  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!


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