Sonia is a charismatic 5 year old with several developmental disabilities, several symptoms of Autism, and an intense connection to animals. She has made enormous strides with the help of devoted specialists and loving family, but we believe a canine companion is the missing link in her treatment plan.
Sonia, like many children with autism, often wanders or even dashes away from her caregivers. She has severely delayed language skills and little capacity to recognize danger. Her disability has led to several near-accidents and moments of panic when she is nowhere to be found. Her service dog will be trained to anchor her to her family in crowded/dangerous situations and to track her if she does wander off. The dog will also provide deep pressure during a meltdown and redirect harmful stimming behaviors.
In addition to these trained tasks, we believe the unconditional love, acceptance, and companionship of a service dog will heal social injuries associated with not quite fitting in with peers, and will be a source of stability, self-confidence, and independence.
From birth through training, the cost of placing such a dog in a family like ours is at least $40,000. Families cover only a portion of the cost, $17,000 – if you can help us with a donation in Sonia’s name, please visit the 4 Paws Donation Page (http://www.4PawsForAbility.org/donate-now). Include Sonia’s name on the donation as instructed in the “Description” field of the form on the second page of your Authorize.net donation. Donations can also be made by mailing a check with Sonia’s name on the memo line to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Sonia Mann
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385
Please help us bring her canine companion home!