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Weʼre raising £5,000 to Purchase and train an Autism Assistance Dog for the Harrison boys.

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Nigel & Joy have 5 boys. Sam (15yrs), Ben (13), Luke (10), Josh (8), & Zac (4). Three children have Autism. Zac the youngest is non verbal, and struggles socialy and emotionally. He is easily overwhelmed and finds busy environments difficult to cope with. As a result he will run away, and this is dangerous when near roads or rivers, or if Zac became lost as he can not communicate or say his name.

http://www.helpfulhounds.org have agreed to train a dog to assist Zac and his brothers. The dog will be life changing for their family as It will help give the children, particularly Zac, confidence and independence and provide a safer environment helping them to feel more confident when going to new places.

The Autism Assistance dog will have unlimited access to public places enabling the whole family to do simple things such as shopping, which is currently a struggle. The dog wears a special harness which connects it to both parent and child, and acts on instructions from the parent while the child is encouraged to walk alongside the dog. The dog will offer greater independence to the Zac and parent, whilst ensuring he is safe and unable to ‘bolt’ if he becomes stressed or anxious. ‘Bolting’ behaviour is also combated by training the assistance dog to automatically sit should Zac attempt to run off. A fully-trained autism assistance dog will help change behaviour by Introducing routines, reducing bolting behaviour, interrupting repetitive behaviour, helping the children cope with unfamiliar surroundings.

The Assistance dog may be trained further to detect early stages of cancer as their Autism may be a result of Neurofibromatosis. They are awaiting further consultation to confirm if this is the cause or not.

The Harrison Family wish to thank in advance everyone whom has supported their family. Any additional funds raised will be given to carersupportwiltshire.co.uk as they are exactly that, and have been totally fantastic for their family!

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  • Joy Harrison with support from Clare Herring6 days ago
    Joy Harrison with support from Clare Herring

    Joy Harrison with support from Clare Herring

    6 days ago

    Here is a link to medical detection dogs video & their website https://www.executiveinterviews.com/delivery/v1/mini/default.asp? order=claire-guest https://www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/about-us/bio-detection-dogs/# See my previous post for info about Alfie & becoming a medical detection dog as well as an assistance dog!!!

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  • Joy Harrison with support from Clare Herring6 days ago
    Joy Harrison with support from Clare Herring

    Joy Harrison with support from Clare Herring

    6 days ago

    We are awaiting confirmation from the medical assistance dog trainers but it is looking positive that Alfie will soo begin training with them to detect Cancer. Training has to begin before he 18 months old. If he is accepted onto their programme we will have to increase our fundraising target to cover this amount (which they say will be a significant amount). This is also is pending our appointment in London to confirm if the family genetic anomaly is linked to Neurofibromitosis Type 1.

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  • Joy Harrison with support from Clare Herring6 days ago
    Joy Harrison with support from Clare Herring

    Joy Harrison with support from Clare Herring

    6 days ago

    Issac enjoyed his ride on Poppy at RDA on Saturday. After his ride he said for the first time ever 'Poppy Fun'. This was his first spontaneous, non motivated and non echolalitive words!! Isaac also said "mummy sit' (just like he has learnt to say to Alife!!) when I tucked him into bed! A little motivated but better than him tugging and screaming at me to stay with him! Fantastic progress after only 2 weeks with Alfie!! PLT!!!

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Page last updated on: 2/18/2019 09.15

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 18, 2019

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 18, 2019

    For Skittles birthday

    £50.00

  • Adele Evans

    Adele Evans

    Feb 18, 2019

    I hope the dog will really help Zac. It was lovely to meet you.

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 17, 2019

    Awesome! HB Skittles 🌈

    £20.00

  • Mandy Catto

    Mandy Catto

    Feb 16, 2019

    Happy Birthday Skittles!

    £50.00

  • Emma Mould

    Emma Mould

    Feb 15, 2019

    Good Luck hope you raise the money for such s great csuse. With love from our lively springer Monty 🐾 x x

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 15, 2019

    xxx

    £50.00

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