This charming little man is Brodie Fishwick. He loves Paw Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Minions, and all things outside. He is 4 years old and is special in his own way. Brodie was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old. Brodie has made remarkable advances, but it wasn’t always so easy.
Brodie started out like any child would, learning to walk, talk, and interact with other children. When he was only a year old, he didn’t seem to want to interact with other children or even acknowledge they were around him. It seemed like he might just be shy at first and would take a while to warm up to the other children. This continued for a while and Brodie started to show signs of being delayed in his speech and other areas of development. At 2 years old, Brodie only had about 15 words that he would use on a regular basis.
He would also spin around constantly and rock continuously into the back of the couch. He would line up toys in a perfect line, starting with the smallest object and moving up in size. If it wasn’t the way he wanted it, he would get frustrated and sometimes throw the toys. He also has no concept of safety. Brodie will take off running at a moment’s notice.
His family has to keep a constant watch on him and keep him within an area surrounded by gates to keep him safe. He has actually been kicked out of a daycare because he made it out the doors and into the parking lot. He has made strides in his speech, but he lacks the skills needed to know what is appropriate and what is not. His teachers and family work with him constantly to do so.
Brodie is looking to get an autism service dog to help him in social situations. It has become increasingly difficult to take Brodie into the public because one wrong look will set off a meltdown. There has been no way to calm him down as of right now. Our hope is that the dog will help him in public by acting as a calming way to get his mind off of what is upsetting him and causing the meltdowns. Brodie also doesn’t like to be touched unless he initiates the contact. The dog would help keep Brodie safe while in areas such as school, parks, and public areas.
4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit organization that helps place people with disabilities with a certified service dog. This group is dedicated to helping those in need of help. They work with children as well as adults in making sure the service dog will fit the needs of the handler and help that person succeed in life.
It will cost 4 Paws for Ability, Inc. at least $22,000 to place a dog with Brodie. We are committed to raising $15,000 to help 4 Paws continue their work. If you can help us with a tax-deductible donation, please visit the 4 Paws Donation Page (www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now). Be sure to include “Brodie Fishwick” as the recipient of the donation. You can also mail a check directly to 4 Paws for Ability, on the memo line of the check please write “Brodie Fishwick.”
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Brodie Fishwick
253 Dayton Ave
Xenia, Ohio 45385