Hello, whether you know a lot about Kairi Victoria or are just learning about her for the first time, we appreciate you taking the time to learn about her. THANK YOU from our family!
Kairi Victoria is 6 years old. She was born on February 2013. She had us wrapped around her finger from day one and melted our hearts with her beautiful smile. Was a quiet, calm and a happy baby. After her first birthday we notice she had some challenges with speech and social interactions. She was not making eye contact or would respond when being called. Kairi Victoria preferred to be alone instead of playing with her peers. Kairi Victoria was diagnosed with Severe Autism on October 20, 2014.
After her diagnose, Kairi Victoria started ABA Therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis), Speech Therapy (ST), and Occupational Therapy (OT). These therapies helped her with overcome some of her challenges.
Kairi Victoria’s diagnose has affected her in various ways. It affects her social, verbal skills, expressing her emotions which causes self-harm. Kairi Victoria also has difficulty identifying when she is in a dangerous situation. She cannot be left alone. She must be watched continuously because she is a climber, very active and sometimes might put herself at harm. She’s a HAPPY active child. Kairi Victoria cannot handle being in large crowds or having disruptions to her daily routine. She likes structure and to know what she will be doing beforehand. When in public she must be in a stroller, or we must hold her and keep her near, or she might wander off.
Kairi Victoria average week includes 10 hours of ABA Therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis), 1 hour of Occupational Therapy (OT), 1 hour of Horse Therapeutic Riding, and 35 minutes if swimming lessons, as well as 5 days a week in a special education classroom, where she also receives Speech Services. Kairi Victoria has increase her ability to feed herself independently, by using the spoon, fork and drinking out of a regular cup. As well as her fine motor skills for a variety of daily activities such as dressing herself with limited assistance, playing with toys more properly, and being able to stay seated for some time while doing an activity. These services have helped her significantly.
Kairi Victoria is a HAPPY child! She has a contagious smile. Kairi Victoria is an energetic and caring daughter. She loves exploring the outdoors, enjoys sensory, and water play. Kairi Victoria loves to go to the beach and enjoys sledding when we go to the snows. She enjoys being hugged, squeezed, and being cuddled. Kairi Victoria always has an appetite. She can eat her tomatoes, avocados, garbanzo beans, strawberries, grapes, blue berries, bananas, steak, chicken, etc… Her favorite food is Pizza! She LOVES food, PERIOD! Kairi Victoria enjoys likes to play matching games and puzzle games on her tablet. Her favorite movies are A bugs Life, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, Coco, and Mulan. Her favorite shows are Peter Rabbit, Sprit Riding Free, Mickey Mouse Club House, Learning Songs by Little Baby Bum, and Masha and the Bear. She loves to dance to the music of the shows. She likes music in general.
In recent months friends and family members have suggested getting a service dog for Kairi Victoria. I did some online research and came across 4 Paws for Ability in Ohio. 4 Paws for Ability provides service dogs who are trained to work with special needs children. I completed the application process and I am excited to hear that Kairi Victoria is approved and accepted into the program!
Having an Autism Assistant Dog would open a world of possibilities for Kairi Victoria. The assistant dog will help with her behavior disruption, when overwhelmed/meltdowns. Tethering will also help Kairi Victoria stay close, it will help with her social skills, having a steady routine of participating in the dog’s care. This will motivate Kairi Victoria to learn new skills and be physically active while playing and exercising the dog.
It cost is between $40,000 to $60,000 breed, raise, and train an Autism Assistant dog for Kairi Victoria’s’ specific needs. We need to raise $17,000 in support of this mission. The money we raise will go to 4 Paws for Ability directly to help them care and train the dog.
If you would like to help Kairi Victoria gain independence and a furry friend, your donation would be beyond appreciated. Any amount is a step closer towards our goal. If you cannot donate financially, you could always spread the word about our cause. Make others aware of 4 Paws and what they do and bring awareness of Autism and how a service dog can benefit a patient with it.
For more information on what an Autism Assistant dog can do, check out the link below.
Donations can be made at https://4pawsforability.org/donate-now/. If you donate on the website, please make sure that you include Kairi Victoria Quintero name in the description field. Donations can also be made via check and mailed to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Kairi Victoria Quintero Tello
at 253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, Ohio 45385
** Please be sure to write “in honor of Kairi Victoria Quintero Tello” on the memo line **
Thank you once again,
Kairi Victoria Quintero Tello & Yendi E. Tello