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“Five-year-old Caden Butler Modaff rubbed his fingers around the ears of Elf, an English black lab,” says Jessica Larsen in the Houston County News. “Caden was feeling a bit overwhelmed by the snack time chaos at school. The feel of the fur on the boy’s finger tips was just what he needed to calm down.” Elf is the first service dog La Crescent Montessori and STEM School has had.
Eivind and Amy Brendtro have an autism service dog named May to assist with their two special needs children Linnea, 9, and Leif, 6. May, a 3-year-old golden retriever, was trained at 4 Paws for Ability and helps track the children when they get lost, she helps with behavior assistance by comforting them, and the kids are tethered to her in public to ensure their safety.More about the Brendtro family and their special service dog, May…
A helping paw – service dog helps brothers deal with autism. Kara and Brent Clarke learned Oct. 31, 2007, that their son, Noah, was autistic. In September 2008, they found out that their younger son, Adam, also is autistic. The boys, now 5 and 3, respectively, have been diagnosed with classic autism and sensory processing disorder. Adam has been diagnosed as moderate; Noah, as severe and nonverbal…On Apr 26, the family will have had Radar, their autism service dog, for a year.
The Bastrop Advertiser
Isreal was 5 months old when Tina began to see some developmental delays and what appeared to be excessive hiccupping, sometimes as often as 40 or 50 times a day. The hiccups were diagnosed as infantile spasms or seizures and were later categorized as epilepsy. Isreal has seizures only rarely now – one every two years or so. As he grew older, Isreal began displaying many characteristics of autism…Jesse had been in the Marines for seven years before his first tour of duty in Iraq. He spent five months as a sniper team leader in the city of Ramadi, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, before the night of Jul 24, 2004, when, returning to base after a mission, the Humvee he was in was struck by a roadside bomb roughly a quarter of a mile from the base….Jesse was medevaced to Al Taqaddum Airbase, where he had the first of around 13 surgeries – he can’t remember the exact number – on his arm.The Longorias waited two years for Moe. They contacted a number of service dog agencies, looking for one who would train an animal who could help not just Isreal, but also Jesse.Eventually, they were referred to 4 Paws for Ability by thePets for Patriotsprogram….
Dallas Morning News
Boy with epilepsy awaits “Doctor Dog” One minute, Oliver Kurlinski was ripping open presents on his 4th birthday. The next, he was in the hospital with electrodes stuck to his head. While his family watched the toddler tear at wrapping paper in his McKinney home, he suddenly collapsed. Panicked and unsure if their child was dying in front of them, his mother, Heather, starting CPR while his father, Joshua, called 911. “He was holding his present, an action figure, and then he just collapsed,” Heather said. After about a week of medical tests, Oliver was diagnosed with epilepsy. Seven months later, Oliver is afraid to be alone.So Heather wants to find independence for her son – in the form of a seizure assistance dog.
Meadow Lakes, Alaska
Service dog would give 8-year-old newfound independence. In many ways, Willie Koonce is like most other 8-year-olds. He loves music (Lady Gaga is a favorite), television, swimming and jumping on the trampoline. That he’s fed through a tube and can’t verbally communicate doesn’t slow down the Meadow Lakes Elementary student. Affected by Down syndrome and autism, Willie can’t tell his family or teachers what he’s feeling and can become frustrated.More about Willie Koonce…
4 Paws provides canine miracles Service dog will help twins battle numerous disabilities To say Jamin and Jacob had a rough start in life would be exactly right. They are twins who were born in Russia 10 weeks prematurely, weighing 2 pounds and 2 1/2 pounds, respectively. They were transferred from the hospital to an orphanage one month apart but were unknowingly separated. Through divine intervention, Jamin was found in time to join her twin brother in the process of becoming an Irwin. Despite the delay and a significant increase in fees, Jamin and Jacob became Irwins on Mar 3, 1999, and moved to Akron, Ind., at 10 months of age. Our two blessings struggled with respiratory issues for a few years, but thankfully have grown into healthy, happy kids. One of the hardest challenges for our family is their varying special needs. Jamin and Jacob’s primary diagnosis is fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), followed by autism spectrum. Jacob is also challenged with cerebral palsy, Jamin with a hearing impairment…
Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs
Hillsboro School District Agrees to Access for Autism Service Dog.
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that the Hillsboro, Oregon, School District will allow Jordan “Scooter” Givens to bring his trained autism service dog into his classroom in the Hillsboro School District. The highly trained service dog, Madison, provides critical assistance to Scooter, recognizing when he is about to engage in behavior that might endanger him, and distracting him to obstruct this type of behavior. For nearly three years, Scooter’s parents’ efforts to get permission for Scooter to bring Madison to school had been rebuffed. After U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton and a senior attorney from the Civil Rights Division met in late January with the superintendent of the Hillsboro School District regarding the failure to accommodate the Givens’ request, the school district announced last Friday that it would allow Scooter to be accompanied by the service dog for a trial period..
Autistic boy wins fight to bring service dog to class
After a three-year battle with the Hillsboro School District, a young autistic boy has won his fight to bring his service dog to class. Due to a federal investigation, the school district had to make a decision, and Oregon’s attorney general laid it out bluntly: It could be a long, expensive lawsuit. So, Scooter Givens’ service dog, Madison, will be allowed during a trial period at Patterson Elementary…
The Hillsboro Argus
Hillsboro service dog adds class to resume Sometimes it takes an animal to show people the most humane solutions to problems. It appears the rights of severely autistic children in Washington County will get a big paw forward with Friday’s announcement that the Hillsboro School District will allow Patterson Elementary fourth-grader Jordan “Scooter” Givens to bring his highly-trained dog Madison to school with him on a trial basis..
Columbia Missourian, Jefferson City, Mo.
Bill seeks service-animal rights for those with mental disabilities, Ten-year-old Sean LaRochelle sat quietly with his dog while his father testified during a public hearing Wednesday. According to his father, Matt LaRochelle, this would have been nearly impossible four years ago, before his family’s ownership of Cady, Sean LaRochelle’s service dog. Sean LaRochelle has severe autism. “I would have to be chasing him out of the room or down the hall,” Matt LaRochelle said. Without the assistance of Cady, Matt LaRochelle said his family essentially would be homebound.
4 Paws for Ability receives donation The four legged friends in residence at 4 Paws for Ability, 253 Dayton Ave., received a generous donation on Wednesday, Feb 9, when Proctor and Gamble provided the non-profit agency with a mind-boggling 44,800 pounds of dog food…