Bond has severe autism. At eight years old, his twin sister is the model of health and well-being, but Bond has been battling developmental delays since he was born. At two and a half, Bond’s few words stopped coming, and his face went blank. He was diagnosed with autism.
After relentless rounds of occupational, speech, and behavioral analysis therapy, Bond’s parents began to put him in special schools designed to help him. Bond responded to the therapy, but now at 8 years old he has the maturity of an 18-month-old toddler.
“Autism has taken a toll on every aspect of our lives,” his mother Margaret would tell you. And though Bond looks normal, he cannot act like other children his age. He is tall and quick to run away, which makes it a challenge to keep him close. But that is where Ady’s Paws comes in. A service dog trained to help children with autism would serve as his anchor and shield, tying him to a moving point and providing pressure when he needs to feel someone close. Canine companions can give Bond, and children like him, the social confidence to make friends and feel less isolated. And most of all, it would give Bond’s family freedom. Freedom to worry less, hope for more, and give him a happy life.