Our son Gabriel is a 12-year-old boy who received the diagnose of Tourette Syndrome (a neurological disorder that involves involuntary motor and verbal tics) in 2010 by Dr. David Coulter from Children's Hospital Boston.
Dante is 11 years old with autism. He waited a year and a half for the perfect dog. Then he met Lucky and there was an instant attraction. Lucky is a black lab who is 20 months old with a birthday in August.
My 7 year old daughter Rayanie recently recieved Chief, an assistance dog from NEADS. Rayanie has Williams syndrome -- a genetic condition that is present at birth and characterized by medical problems including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities.
Elijah is 14 years old and in the 8th grade at King Philip Middle School in Norfolk, MA. He has many strengths such as a great sense of humor but is socially withdrawn. A social dog would give him confidence to meet new challenges in his daily life
My son Braedan is 6 years old. He was diagnosed with mild Asperger Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, and sensory sensitivities. Though he looks and acts like your average little boy, there are so many obstacles for him to overcome.
Because of a rare metabolic disorder, Gabrielle has brain damage which causes balance issues, poor muscle tone, and difficulty with her fine motor skills and speech. A dog would be her friend and help with daily activities.
Mikey is a six year old boy with an autism spectrum disorder. He has anxiety in various situations especially when transitioning from one place to another and where there's a lot of stimulation such as a grocery store. Feeling insecure, he is quite dependent upon his mother's presence.
Kaiyla is a vibrant, energetic, happy 9 year old girl with Autism and Mental Retardation. The obstacles she faces because of this can be emotional, frustrating, sometimes hurtful and cause everyday tasks to be difficult.
Taylor is our bright 8-year-old daughter. When she was 18 months old she was diagnosed with autism. We began Early Intervention and had ABA therapists in our home for countless hours. Taylor has always loved dogs, horses, dinosaurs and dragons. As Taylor got older her presentation of autism improved and her current diagnosis is Aspergers. Over the last couple of years, we have noticed high levels of anxiety and depression. We brought her in for help where she was then diagnosed with both of these as well as a mood disorder.
Xander is a seven year old who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of four. Asperger's makes it very difficult for Xander to make meaningful connections with other people. Xander was recently matched with social dog Lucy. He was so excited to bring our newest family member home with us!