My Son Michael...
My son Michael is an amazing little boy. Like the way he makes me smile
when he's across the room with his arms wide open and says, "mom stay
right there I want to give you a big hug", then he runs across the room and
gives me the biggest hug. He has such an amazing memory and ability to
figure things out.
Right now his dream is to grow up and be a construction
worker so he can operate a bulldozer and build buildings. Another dream of
his is to take a trip on an airplane. Michael loves to play with Legos, he is
really good at putting things together. On the other hand, he likes to takes
things apart to see how they work.
Michael was diagnosed with a highfunctioning
form of autism called Asperger's Disorder in May of2009 when
he was just 6 years old. Michael also has ADHD. Michael struggles on a
daily basis. He has much difficulty socializing with others, communicating
and dealing with change. Michael also, has trouble sleeping, making eye
contact and difficulty processing sensory information. Michael often has
meltdowns which can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour. It breaks
my heart when the school calls to let me know he had a meltdown and they
had to restrain him. Michael is so smart and has such a big heatt I want to
help him to enjoy life and be all that he can be.
I have been searching for
some type of help for him to no avail. I happened to stumble across a
website and started reading about the Autism Service Dogs and I was just
amazed. I had no idea that service dogs for autism even existed. I began to
do some research to see if this was something that would be right for
Michael and our family. I think that Michael would greatly benefit from
having a service dog as part of his life and our family. I think a service dog
would help Michael by calming him when he is having mood swings or
meltdowns, offering Michael the opportunity to participate in more activities
in school, and family outings. Michael struggles in the classroom at school
with behavior and staying on task and a service dog could help improve that.
I believe a service dog would be able to help him interact socially and help
him develop better communication skills. A service dog would also provide
safety as sometimes Michael often dalts out into the street or parking lot.
truly believe that a service dog would have a very positive impact on
Michael's life and our family's life and allow Michael to be the best that he
can be. I think it would allow Michael more freedom to live life to its
I appreciate your generosity and support in our fundraising efforts.
“Animals make us Human.”
- Temple Grandin
CEO & Co-Founder Terri Wible with Temple Grandin
Kids still in need:
The children below were chosen by
committee to be
awarded grants for their autism
dogs. All either have their dogs now or
are in the
final stages of training. CONGRATS!!
Joshua Jonathan (JJ)