Max Gagner

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This lovely little boy is Max! He is a very sweet 5 year old boy who loves animals, playing on the phone, and helping others.  He was diagnosed when he was 3 years old with Autism, ADHD, mood dysregulation and sensory processing disorder. As he has grown we have learned he has generalized anxiety and Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Max has made remarkable achievements over the years but it hasn’t been easy.

Max started out like any other baby, but we realized something was different with Max around 2 years old. He was late to speak, had multiple asthmatic episodes, and multiple ear infections. He had no self regulation and acted out. We thought terrible twos that went into terrible threes. Then the meltdowns only grew daily and became worse. He had several surgeries which included 4 sets of tubes and  the removal of his adenoids and tonsils. He had meltdowns, focus issues, impulse control issues and issues forming relationships with other people including his peers.

We have tried all different types of structural programs, charts, therapies, medications, parenting guides, and research. With multiple failed attempts we were given the suggestion of a therapy dog to help Max with his needs and life challenges. Max has been approved for a multi-purpose service dog for Behavior Disruption. It has been increasingly difficult to bring Max into public because of his meltdowns. This will also give Max a best friend who will love him unconditionally. We believe this will help Max become more independent and successful in life.

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 $40,000 to place a dog with Max. We are committed to raising $17,000 to get Max a service dog. If you can help, please visit www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now. Be sure to include “Max Gagner” as the recipient of the donation. Also a Razoo account is set up at https://www.razoo.com/story/Y21msf that is directly deposited to 4 Paws for Ability toward Max’s dog. You can also mail a check directly to 4 Paws for Ability, on the memo line of the check please write “Max Gagner.”

4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385

Vincent Wilch

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Greetings, from the Wilch family! We are a military family stationed in San Antonio, Texas. Our 5 year old son, Vincent, has special needs and our infant daughter is medically fragile.

Vincent has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS, an uncommon speech motor disorder), and Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE, an chronic autoimmune esophageal disorder). He also suffers from muscle deficits from his ankles to his hips, caused by toe-walking, and requires Ankle-Foot Orthotics (AFOs), which are plastic leg braces that help him develop his leg muscles.

Despite being 5 years old, Vincent has severe delays estimating him around 2-2.5 years old in physical, occupational, and speech abilities, according to his most recent evaluations. Our average week includes 32 hours of ABA therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis), 1 hour of Speech Therapy (ST), 1 hour of Physical Therapy (PT), 1 hour of Occupational Therapy (OT), as well as 3 days a week in a special education classroom where he also receives speech services. During ABA and general home time we also work on dedicated OT, PT, and Speech home exercises prescribed by his therapists. Due to his Eosinophilic Esophagitis, and general health condition, we have frequent doctor appointments and several sedated procedures each year.

Vincent is a very energetic child and a caring big brother to his baby sister. He’s constantly moving and engaging in physical activity, but also loves to sit down and read books or solve puzzles. The military family life is very difficult for Vincent, constantly interrupting his routine and bringing about big changes. In the past 4 years, we have lived in three states and six houses, and you can imagine that the frequent changes in environment and constantly switching schools is difficult for any child, let alone one with sensory disorders or Autism. When these situations occur they escalate existing behaviors, such as aggression, self-injury, and elopement (escaping a safe environment). Despite excessive locks and supervision he has still managed to escape and wander away from home, school, and therapy.

Vincent’s Autism Service Dog will be trained in the following:

-Behavior Disruption: When Vincent is engaged in repetitive or self-injurious behavior his service dog will be trained to disrupt the behaviors by laying across his lap, nuzzling him, pawing or touching him, and by using deep pressure therapy to calm and redirect him.

-Tethering: Vincent will be tethered to his service dog, allowing him the ability to move with freedom without the risk of eloping, or running away.

-Tracking: Should Vincent elope from a safe environment his service dog will be trained to track him, saving precious time during a critical situation.

-Balance: The service dog will be trained in the use of a balance harness, a device on their back for Vincent to hold on to when he is unstable.

A service dog would open a world of possibilities and freedoms for Vincent, such as being able to walk on his own for the first time. We are truly excited for this new chapter in his life, but we can’t do it without your help. It costs a minimum of $40,000 dollars for 4 Paws for Ability to train a service dog, and we are committed to raise $17,000 towards Vincent’s new companion. Please consider donating or sharing our cause. We are thankful for the support and eagerly look forward to meeting our new furry friend!

Donations can be given online at Razoo (https://www.razoo.com/story/4pawsforvincent) or on the 4 Paws website at www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now by writing ‘Vincent Wilch’ in the memo line. Donations are also accepted by check, made out to 4 Paws for Ability, and mailed to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Vincent Wilch
253 Dayton Ave
Xenia, OH 45385

Gavyn Cook

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Hello and thank you for reading my son’s story.  Please let me introduce you to my 9 year old son Gavyn.  He is a very sweet boy who loves animals, playing video games, listening to music and helping others.  He has suffered from abandonment issues, emotional abuse and neglect that lead us to seeking help and guidance for my son.  After a year and a half of therapy, neuropsychological and other exams, we learned that my son suffer from Generalized Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and potentially PTSD.  This helps explain why he has been developmentally behind, had meltdowns, focus issues, impulse control issues and issues forming relationships with other people including his peers.

Based on the determinations from doctors and talking to others who have the same issues, we were told about applying to 4 Paws for Ability for a service dog, as they thought it might be beneficial to Gavyn to help with some of the life challenges. Therefore, I applied to 4 Paws for Ability and completed the application process which included, medical documentation and other approvals. Gavyn was approved for the program and now we have agreed to raise $17,000 for 4 Paws for Ability. Training a service dog to meet the requirements can be very costly.  On average it costs between $40,000-60,000 to raise, train, and place a service dog at 4 Paws for Ability. I am tasked with raising $17,000 of that amount and am hoping that we can receive assistance to make Gavyn’s dream come true.

Gavyn has been approved for a multi-purpose service dog that will help Gavyn and improve his way of life.  The dog will help him through training to interrupt an escalation or meltdown, detect anxiety and apply deep pressure and encourage some social lubrication. In addition, this will give Gavyn a non-judgmental, 24/7 friend who will love him unconditionally and show him that not everyone leaves. We believe this will help Gavyn become more independent and successful in life.

Gavyn was my miracle baby as when I was 17, my doctors told me I would never have children.  When I was 26, I found out I was pregnant with him and had a very rough pregnancy where I almost lost him. Since then he has had a very rough 9 years experiencing things no kid should ever have to. It is a mother’s worst nightmare being told by her 5 year old that he is unlovable, unwanted and that he can’t do anything right.  A service dog can make a positive impact on the rest Gavyn’s life that NO amount of therapy, medication or alternative therapy is able to do.

How can YOU help Gavyn?

Donations in support of Gavyn should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Gavyn’s name on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Gavyn Cook
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now .  Include Gavyn’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal.  You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.

 

Lilly Stokes

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Lilly Sophia Stokes was born March 7th, 2009 – she was a big baby weighing in at 10 lb 3 oz.  My pregnancy was completely normal and we had no indication that there was anything abnormal about Lilly until she was born.  I delivered Lilly via c-section and when she was born I remember the nurse telling me there was something wrong with her ear and she had a cleft pallet.  Lilly was transferred to Henry Ford Main hospital in Detroit, MI where many different specialists tried to figure out what was wrong.

Once I finally recovered and got a chance to be with Lilly at the main hospital, that’s where all the testing and procedures began.  She has several different genetic test done, but nothing ever came from it.  Little did we know at the time that her genetic syndrome had not been discovered yet.  At the age of one month old Lilly had a mandibular distraction to help her breath and eat better.  She was very lucky that she did not had to get a tracheostomy tube, as most kids with her syndrome do.  We worked day and night with the nurses in the NICU to get her to eat from a special bottle.  After two months she was able to go home, but she had to go home with a NG feeding tube in.  We were shuffled from one doctor to another and I finally made the decision to transfer her to Children’s Hospital of Detroit.  It was there I met Dr. Rozzell, the cranial facial doctor.  Things were starting to look up, Lilly got a hearing aid, she had her cleft pallet fixed at 8 months and was receiving many types of therapy.  Again we had genetic testing done, but nothing was discovered.

One night when Lilly was 2 years old she had come home from daycare and seemed to be not feeling well, she would not eat and ended up getting sick.  After I gave her a bath I put her to bed, not long after I went to bed myself.  Something woke me up in the middle of the night and I ran in to check on Lilly and found her lifeless and blue.  I lived with my parents at the time, so I called for my mom to help.  We had no idea at the time she had a seizure.  She was transported to the hospital where she had another seizure.  From that point forward she was put on medications for seizures and she had many procedures and tests to figure out why she was having them.  They made a decision that they were febrile seizures and that she would out grow them.  When Lilly was 3 she had a status epilepticus seizure, luckily we were at the hospital, but they worked on her for over 1 hour as she coded right in front of our eyes.  She ended up in a chemically induced coma for over a week.  I think due to that incident I will never be the same, but I knew that Lilly’s life was not going to be anywhere close to normal.

I made the decision to transfer her to University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital where she currently is seeing 11+ specialists.  It was here in 2015, Dr. Hannibal of genetics ran a new genetic test and we finally discovered that Lilly has Mandibular Facial Dysostosis with Microcephaly.  Currently, there are approximately 200 people in world with this syndrome that are documented.  This syndrome was discovered in 2012.  Finally, we had some answers and to read the description, it fit her like a glove.  Thankfully, this syndrome is not progressive to a point that it is fatal, unless there is a serious seizure.  MFDM is a mutation of EFUDT2 gene, this syndrome is often mistaken for Treacher Collins Syndrome, but is definitely not.  Some of the symptoms of MFDM that Lilly has are seizures, fused thumbs and big toes, small jaw, missing ear on the right sight, cleft pallet, hearing loss, and many others.  Not all children with MFDM have the same symptoms, the majority of the children do not have seizures like Lilly, but many of them have g-tubes and traches, which Lilly does not have.

We are hoping to obtain a service dog for Lilly from 4 Paws for Ability for many reasons.  A service dog could help us and Lilly with her seizures, hearing impairment, and her emotional and social behaviors.  Lilly is a happy, fun loving, and very smart little girl, unfortunately this syndrome comes with cognitive, social, and emotional issues that she has to deal with.  As Lilly has been getting older, she is noticing that she is different and so are other kids her age.  She is trying hard to engage with other children, but often we find her playing alone, because other kids have a hard time understanding her. On average, Lilly has at least 2-3 doctors’ appointments a month, at least 1 surgery a year, and at minimum 2 procedures a year.  Lilly has unfortunately developed a fear of the hospital and a lot times the doctors, because of everything she has been through.  With a service dog, I am hoping they can bring her comfort during those times in additional to the medical benefits offered by both seizure assistance and hearing assistance skills.   I believe that this dog will not only help Lilly medically, but give her a best friend.  I have been told that Lilly will always need help and I would love to see her obtain a service dog to start her on the way to being more outgoing and help alert us when something is happening.  

It costs at least $46,000 to specially train a dog for Lilly. Families cover only a portion of that cost, a fee of $17,000.  We are fundraising to help cover the fee required to provide her with a life-changing service dog. Donations in support of Lilly should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Lilly Stokes on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Lilly Stokes
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now.  Include Lilly’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal.  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!

Bryce LeGeyt

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Bryce is now a 4-year-old boy who is extremely active and has a great love for learning and exploring the world around him.  We love him and are so lucky to have Bryce in our family.  Our family would like to thank you for taking the time to get to know our son better.  Below is a brief look into Bryce’s struggles and how we are working to improve his everyday life.

Bryce was born early from a Placental Abruption and spent extra time in the hospital’s NICU before coming home to us.  By the time he was 3 he was formally diagnosed with Dyspraxia, Hypotonia, Autism, and Developmental Delays.  His dyspraxia, which affects motor planning, makes many basic tasks difficult for him to perform including communicating.  Hypotonia means he has low-muscle tone and he has to work hard to strengthen his muscles through physical therapy, swimming, and horseback riding.   Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior.  Bryce’s autism isn’t always easy for others to see, but when our family is not doing routine activities this appears more often as new situations, transitions, or even just loud and crowded places cause him distress making normal tasks difficult for him.  One aspect of autism that greatly impacts Bryce is sensory processing disorder making some of these situations literally painful for him.  Bryce’s developmental delays, specifically in language, means that he primarily communicates using gestures or sign language.  He has recently begun to use a few words appropriately, but they are difficult for him to recall on demand due to his dyspraxia.  Bryce has recently found a lot of independence in using a Picture Exchange System to make choices.  Bryce remains hardworking and attends preschool everyday year round, speech therapy biweekly, and occupational therapy weekly which have all had a huge impact on improving his daily life.  He has been making great progress and we are extremely excited for him.  Despite all of this, Bryce remains loving, generous, charismatic, and even-tempered.

4 Paws for Ability can provide our family with an Autism Service Dog that will have been raised and trained to specifically meet the needs of Bryce.  Bryce’s dog will be able to disrupt behaviors, assist with balance, be used for tethering in public for safety, and be able to track him if needed.  These are just a few of the things that will help improve Bryce’s independence.  Our family will love having this new addition to alert us of problems at night or when we don’t have our eyes on Bryce, which will provide some much needed peace of mind.  Bryce has significant delays in processing information like danger, recognizing pain when hurt, and even feeling hungry that makes it difficult to keep him safe.  His dog will help keep him safer so he can experience the world more independently and can provide a voice when necessary.  We are also excited about the therapeutic benefits this dog will provide for Bryce.

To do this it will cost 4 Paws over $40,000 to train a dog for us, and our family has committed to raising $17,000 of that.  If you are able to make a donation to 4 Paws for Ability in honor of Bryce, we would be so grateful.

Donations in support of Bryce should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Bryce LeGeyt on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Bryce LeGeyt
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is:

www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now

Please include in the Notes for 4 Paws for Ability section of the form “Donation made in honor of Bryce LeGeyt”

Thank you for your continued support on behalf of our son Bryce!
-Craig, Kristen, Bryce, and Ryan LeGeyt

Austin and Hunter Dick

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Our 10 year old twin sons, Austin and Hunter, have autism and require constant adult supervision-without which, they would be unlocking doors, hopping fences, and/or eloping from our home! Simple, daily routines and tasks like using the restroom, taking a shower, attending to our daughter, or assisting one of the boys independent of his brother-are nearly impossible to do without another adult present.  Having a service dog would give our family everyday freedoms we haven’t had for years and provide our sons with a fresh opportunity to gain more independence at home and in the community.  Not to mention the special benefit of companionship and love which we know will leave a lifelong impression on our sons.  This gift would be an unbelievable blessing and one we would be grateful for each and every day.  So much more than a dog-a companion, a best friend, a pair of eyes and ears for safety, for respite (and bathroom breaks!), and most importantly, a beloved member of our family.
 
We need to raise at least $17,000 in order for 4 Paws for Ability to make this dream a reality for our family!

It costs at least $40,000 to specially train a dog for Austin and Hunter. Families cover only a portion of that cost, a fee of $17,000.  We are fundraising to help cover the fee required to provide him with a life-changing service dog. Donations in support of Austin and Hunter should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Austin and Hunter Dick on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Austin and Hunter Dick
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now .  Include Austin and Hunter’s names in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal.  You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.

You can also donate online through a Razoo page set up especially for Austin and Hunter:
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Cooper Root

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Let me introduce Cooper. He is a lonely, isolated and frustrated little boy. He is also funny, creative, intelligent and very curious. He loves video games; baseball, his tablet, watching youtube, rocks and animals. On the outside, Cooper looks like your average 9-year-old boy, but Cooper has many significant disabilities that impact his attempts to simply life his life day to day. Cooper suffered neurological organic brain damage due to his exposure to heroin and methamphetamine prior to birth. It has caused damage to the executive functioning portion of his brain which impacts every area of his life. In addition, Cooper has a high functioning form of Autism along with a long list of diagnoses: Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Disruptive Emotional Dysregulation, ADHD; Impaired impulse control, an inability to learn from experience and social dysfunction. He wants friends, but cannot establish or maintain relationships due to his issues. Cooper also struggles with a number of learning challenges including Dyslexia, Language Processing Disorders, as well as Math and Reading Disorders.

We applied to 4 Paws for Ability so that Cooper can receive a service dog to help with some of the life challenges that he faces. We have been through the application process and gotten the necessary medical approvals and now we have agreed to raise $17,000 for 4 Paws for Ability. It costs 4 Paws a minimum of $40,000 per animal to train a dog to be a service dog. 4 Paws asks each family to raise $17,000 of that. Once we have raised our portion, 4 Paws will place us in a class and train a service dog specifically for Cooper’s needs.

The dog selected and trained for Cooper will help him with his autism and drug exposure behaviors and will be trained to track him if he wanders. The dog will help him maintain in school through training to interrupt an escalation or meltdown, apply deep pressure and encourage some social lubrication. This will give Cooper a non-judgmental, 24/7 friend who will be there for him when no one else wants to. The dog will also be trained to help Cooper sleep without waking and wandering. This service dog will be a forever friend who will love him unconditionally. We believe this will help Cooper become more independent and self-sufficient- skills that he will need to be successful in life.

A service dog can make a positive impact on the rest Cooper’s life that NO amount of therapy, medication or alternative therapy is able to do.

How can YOU help Cooper?

Donations in support of Cooper should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Cooper’s name on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Cooper Root
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now .  Include Cooper’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal.  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!

Cameron Johnston

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Cameron JohnstonCameron Johnston is a smart, loving, and adventurous 16 month old boy. At just 13 months old, Cameron was taken to his pediatrician’s office to be evaluated for having cold-like symptoms. During this visit, Cameron had a Tonic-Clonic (formerly known as Grand Mal) seizure, lasting 18 minutes long. Cameron was subsequently diagnosed with a having a seizure disorder and has had ongoing seizures ever since. Our family has partnered with the non-profit organization 4 Paws For Ability in order to pair Cameron with a Seizure Assistance Dog. This Dog will be trained to perform a number of tasks designed to support Cameron with his specific needs.

As the cost of training a Seizure Assistance Dog is high, we are asking for our community’s help in raising the funds needed. Our Seizure Assistance Dog will not only be a true, life-long companion for Cameron, but also an additional member of his support system and our family.  

It costs at least $40,000 to specially train a dog for Cameron. Families cover only a portion of that cost, a fee of $17,000.  We are fundraising to help cover the fee required to provide Cameron with a life-changing service dog. Donations in support of Cameron should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write “Cameron Johnston” on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Cameron Johnston
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385. 

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now.  Include Cameron’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal.  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!

Lita Brewington

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litaLita Lynn is a bright 6-year old that is always on the move.  She has a kind heart and is a great helper of mankind.  She was born a month early but came home right away seemingly fine.  However, at 10 months she started having seizures that resulted in 3 stays in the Pediatric ICU.  The last trip to the ICU came after an hour and a half long seizure that resulted in oxygen deprivation and near death.  While we were assured that she would outgrow the seizures certainly by age 5, they continue to this day and the medical providers in Alaska are stumped.  We’ll be traveling down to Seattle soon for more tests.  The damage done by the seizures has led to muscle control issues, sensory processing difficulties, and severe anxiety.  The sensory processing difficulty means that Lita gets inconsolably frightened around loud noises and a lot of people.  This has resulted in her running blindly away from the stimuli; sometimes into the street.

The healthcare providers and speech and physical therapists have recommended a service dog to alert us when she is about to have a seizure, to aid in calming her and to help corral her when she bolts away.  

I know this dog will make a world of difference to her and to our peace of mind.  Please consider donating to help this animal lover get a childhood friend and protector.  From birth through training, the cost of placing such a dog in a family like ours is at least $34,000.  We are committed to raising a minimum of $17,000 to help 4 Paws for Ability continue this vital work.

If you can help us with a donation in Lita’s name, please visit the 4 Paws Donation Page (http://www.4PawsForAbility.org/donate-now). Include Lita’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal. Donations can also be made by mailing a check with Lita’s name on the memo line to: 

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Lita Brewington
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385

You can also visit her fundraising page if you would like to help donate:  https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kaili-brewington/Litalynnspage .

Warmest Regards,

Kaili and Devin Brewington

 

Thomas Parsons

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thomas-parsonsThis is Thomas Parsons. He is a very sweet four-year-old who has a contagious smile and loves animals and nature.  Water activities are his favorite. He would swim or splash in the water all day if possible. He loves spending time outdoors, hiking or playing with leaves and rocks and exploring anything and everything, everywhere.

Thomas is non-verbal and was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was three years old. Since then, he’s been learning new things through speech, occupational and ABA therapy. He also recently started Hippotherapy or therapeutic horse riding. He’s always been interested in animals, they fascinate him. His behavior and communication skills improve when there are animals around.

Thomas also loves going to parks where he can swing, climb and play with other kids.  When he’s in the right mood, he can be very sociable and won’t allow his lack of verbal skills affect the way he interacts with other people.  He is also a “sensory seeker”, which means his brain craves for sensory input. As such, he struggles to sit still, remain on task and control his impulses.  He’s very energetic and really enjoys running and spinning around but sometimes he’s having so much fun that he doesn’t realize when he’s getting too far away or out of sight, so an adult must be with him at all times to make sure he doesn’t wander away.  Sometimes, when he’s not ready to stop certain activities, the “transition” to a different one could cause severe meltdowns that often leave him emotionally and physically drained.

This and other challenges that Thomas faces on a daily basis could improve with the help of an autism assistance dog. The dog would be trained for behavior disruption (touch, kisses, deep pressure, lap and nuzzle) when Thomas is upset. The dog would help to keep him from hurting himself when he is having a meltdown; tethering while walking outdoors to prevent Thomas from wandering away; and tracking Thomas in case he gets lost or out of sight.

A considerable number of service dog recipients have also noticed improvements in their child’s sleep patterns, social interaction and motor skills. They’ve reported an increase in their sense of responsibility, more independence and more physical activity.  Studies have also shown that service dogs in the home reduce stress hormone levels in children with autism.

Thomas’ journey through life might look different than most kids but he is a smart boy who has a beautiful view of the world. I know every difficult aspect of his life would improve by having a four pawed friend who’d provide him with unconditional, nonjudgmental love and companionship.  The cost of training and placing a service dog is about $34,000.00 and we are committed to raise at least $17,000.00 to help 4 Paws for Ability with their wonderful mission to enrich the lives of children with disabilities.

Thank you so much for your interest in helping Thomas get his service dog.

If you’d like to donate you can visit:

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/franalarcon/4PawsforThomas

You can also send checks to:

(Make payable to) 4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Ave,
Xenia, Ohio 45385

Please include the name Thomas Parsons on the memo line.

For more options or more information on how to support Thomas please visit:
https://4pawsforability.org/donate-now/

 We truly appreciate your support!  Don’t forget to share this with anyone who you think might want to donate too!

Francisca Alarcon, Thomas’ mom.

For contact, questions or fund-raising ideas please send an email to 4PawsForThomas@gmail.com

 

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Él es Thomas Parsons, un niño muy especial de cuatro años de edad que tiene una sonrisa muy contagiosa y ama a los animales y la naturaleza.

Las actividades acuáticas son sus favoritas. Podría estar nadando o chapoteando en el agua todo el día si fuese posible. Le encanta pasar tiempo al aire libre, caminando, jugando con las hojas y las rocas y explorando todo en todas partes.

Thomas aún no se comunica verbalmente y se le diagnosticó trastorno del espectro autista cuando tenía tres años. Desde entonces, ha estado aprendiendo cosas nuevas a través de terapia del habla, terapia ocupacional y terapia ABA. También recientemente comenzó con hipoterapia o equitación terapéutica. Él siempre ha estado interesado en los animales, le fascinan. Sus habilidades de comportamiento y comunicación mejoran cuando hay animales alrededor.

A Thomas también le gusta ir a parques donde pueda correr, trepar y jugar con otros niños.

Cuando está en el estado de ánimo adecuado, puede ser muy sociable y no permite que su falta de habilidades verbales afecte la forma en la que interactúa con otras personas.

El diagnóstico de autismo vino acompañado con problemas de procesamiento sensorial, lo que quiere decir que su cerebro tiene dificultades procesando de forma adecuada la información recibida a través de sus sentidos. Mantener esa información y responder apropiadamente puede ser muy complicado o casi imposible en algunas situaciones. Thomas se caracteriza por realizar comportamientos de “busqueda sensorial” para satisfacer o despertar sus sentidos. Como tal, le cuesta mucho quedarse quieto por cierto tiempo, permanecer concentrado en alguna actividad y controlar sus impulsos. Comportamiento de fuga también es frecuente.

Thomas es muy activo y enérgico y realmente disfruta mucho correr y saltar por todos lados, pero a veces se divierte tanto que no se da cuenta cuando se está alejando mucho o no escucha cuando llaman su nombre, un adulto debe estar con él en todo momento o fácilmente podría perderse de vista.          

A veces, cuando él no está listo para dejar ciertas actividades, la “transición” a una actividad diferente podría causar colapsos graves que a menudo lo dejan emocional y físicamente agotado.

Éste y otros retos que Thomas enfrenta a diario podrían mejorar con la ayuda de un perro de asistencia para personas con autismo. El perro sería entrenado específicamente para cumplir con las necesidades de Thomas, para ayudarlo a priorizar y procesar información y para asistir en situaciones que pueden resultar sobreestimulantes.
Por ejemplo: interrupción de conductas disruptivas (con tacto, besos, presión profunda, etc.) cuando Thomas no se siente bien, el perro ayudaría a prevenir que se haga daño cuando tiene colapsos; también tendría la capacidad de prevenir comportamientos de fuga, ya que se encontraría siempre a su lado, unido a él a través de un anclaje que va desde su cinturón al arnés del perro; de modo que si hay un intento de fuga, el perro lo va a bloquear (sentándose o acostándose).
Además estaría entrenado para rastrear a Thomas si por algún motivo se llegáse a perder.

Muchos receptores de perros de asistencia también han notado mejoras en los patrones de sueño de sus hijos, la interacción social y las habilidades motoras. Han reportado un aumento en su sentido de responsabilidad, más independencia y mucha más actividad física.

Los estudios también han demostrado que los perros de servicio en el hogar reducen los niveles de hormonas de estrés en niños con autismo.

La vida de Thomas puede parecer un viaje diferente al de las demás personas, pero él es un niño feliz, inteligente y con una hermosa visión del mundo. Sé que todos los aspectos difíciles de su vida mejorarían con un amigo de cuatro patas que le proporcione amor, lealtad y compañía incondicional y sin prejuicios.

A 4 Paws for Ability le cuesta aproximádamente $34,000 entrenar y situar un perro de servicio, nosotros nos comprometimos a recaudar $17,000 como mínimo para aportar a la espectacular misión de esta institución: enriquecer las vidas de niños con discapacidades y/o necesidades especiales.

Muchas gracias por su interés en ayudar a Thomas a alcanzar su meta y conseguir su perrito de asistencia.

Si le gustaría aportar a nuestra campaña puede visitar el sitio web: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/franalarcon/4PawsforThomas

O enviar un cheque a:

4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Ave,
Xenia, Ohio 45385

Pagar a la orden de: 4 Paws for Ability

En la razón o memo debe decir el nombre Thomas Parsons.

Agradecemos profundamente todo tipo de aporte.  Por favor, siéntase libre de compartir.

Francisca Alarcón, mama de Thomas.   

Para contacto, preguntas o ideas para recaudar fondos, por favor enviar un correo electrónico a 4PawsForThomas@gmail.com

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