Thank you for taking the time to read our story. My daughter Liliana is 6 years old; she is the most loving and helpful little girl. Almost two years ago Liliana started exhibiting sensitivity to both personal and home environments; frequently to the way her clothing felt on her skin. Before I knew it, these quickly multiplying struggles became an immense part of our daily life. She would hide under tables, chairs, blankets, etc., cry hysterically, or become very clingy. This issue quickly escalated, and I decided to take a leap and consult her doctor. It got to the point where I just broke down, feeling concerned and sad for my daughter to be consistently suffering to no end and my being frustrated with feeling helpless. It seemed like nothing I tried made it better. I attempted to talk to her, give her words of encouragement or offer other choices (hold my hand or play with me), but with everything going on she is unable to focus or snap out of it.
After a handful of professionals, social workers, and a trip to Boston Children’s Medical Center, we were referred to an Occupational Therapist. After all evaluations a diagnosis was made. Liliana has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety.
Such a diagnosis makes her oversensitive to triggers, both about her body and her surrounding environments and can cause her to become overstimulated very quickly. There is no rhyme or reason to what will and could be a trigger. A common constant could quickly and unknowingly become a sensory trigger. Simple things such as clothing, oral direction, and/or loud noises can cause her to become overwhelmed. This could be in the form of unusual behavior and/or becoming inconsolable in her weeping. Her brain has difficulty processing the stimuli coming through (touch, smell, noise, etc.) which triggers these meltdowns. Not only is it a constant struggle for her day in and day out, it is an endless worry as a parent to witness her go through something so heartbreaking and not be able to stop it. This has affected us both so gravely her interests have slowly started to diminish, my lovely gymnast to be is now too anxious to shoot for the stars. And as a mother I feel I am failing her; I am letting her down. I also must be honest and say I am losing my independence and myself in this. To endlessly worry that at any moment of any day could result in so much chaos in such a little body is devastating.
Finally, with the help of her doctors and medical team we were introduced to 4 Paws for Ability. This organization will be able to help Liliana by matching her with a service dog that will allow her to get all the emotional support that she needs. She will have the support to assist in the start of a meltdown and/or anxiety attack. The service dog will be trained in Behavioral Disruption, Lap, Nuzzle, Touch, and Deep Pressure. It will allow her to be more independent and feel more confident in herself to do more things.
I am incredibly excited to say we have been accepted to their organization and program. The overall cost for 4 Paws for Ability to raise and train a service dog is $40,000- $60,000. They ask that we raise $17,000 to help with the cost of her service dog from birth until Liliana meets her new friend.
Here is how you can help:
Donations made in honor of Liliana can be made by check to the address below. (Please write “In Honor of Liliana Green” on the memo line.) or by phone using a card.
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Liliana Green
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385 937-374-0385
Donations can also be made online directly through 4 Paws for Ability’s online page. www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now (Please be sure to add Liliana Green in the description field.) or on Mightycause https://www.mightycause.com/story/Htsi4g
Thank you for your support!