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£215raised of £5,000 target by 10 supporters

    Weʼve raised £215 to pay for Autism Life Dog training for our puppy in order to help our 2 autistic children with day-to-day activities

    Basildon District, Essex, United Kingdom
    Funded on Saturday, 3rd March 2018

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    Max is known for running. He has been found in the road by other parents after getting out of school. He has a tendency to unbolt doors and 'escape' from home. (He learns know bolts quickly and with ease so even though change them regularly he still can do them). The puppy tends to chase him out and with the right training could alert us in order to prevent him running into roads or getting lost. Having Fern in our family has made visiting friends and family easier as instead of an hour struggle to convince Max every time that their home is okay, with the puppy he goes straight into their home (he thinks he is looking after the puppy). With the correct training this would be able to stretch to things such as shopping trips, maybe even a restaurant or family days out. He is very strong and has this year already given me whiplash and broken my collarbone, having a trained dog to intervene and assist with his many meltdowns would be a huge weight off. Max also has struggles with sleeping as he cannot switch off and does not understand 'how' to go to sleep - something he asks me most nights. By training the dog to lay with him she would be able to assist him in learning to relax and in time sleep.

    Our daughter Ava has also now been referred for further assessments. She too does not sleep. She suffers major anxiety and will not go anywhere with anyone unless I am there. She is also being tested for pica as she cannot tell the difference between food and non food substance - she literally eats everything - tables, doorframes, bugs, crayons - even if swapped with food items she cannot distinguish the difference and will meltdown that we have taken things from her - almost like she is missing out.

    Food times are a very difficult time, neither of them can grasp sitting still for the duration of the meal - nor can they sit for long periods of time. Being able to feed the puppy encourages them to eat their meals as they see her doing it every day.

    There are other medical conditions being tested and diagnosed as well as the Autism for both our children but the real concensus is that by training the puppy to respond to big needs they can both get a glimpse of what others take for granted as they can learn to respond to the world around them in safety. In the end I guess I want what all parents want - to see my children reach their potential and be happy.



    • Sarah Johnston1 year ago
      Sarah Johnston

      Sarah Johnston

      1 year ago

      Firstly sorry it has taken a while to add this update... Fern's initial training has gone well, she is now ready to take the assessments and training needed to gain the skills personalised towards our children. Rob has entered a local 1/2 marathon in March 2018 to gain sponsorship towards fundraising. Ava now has her paediatrician date for January after seeing speech and language specialists this month. Max had his blood tests last month. We are truly grateful to those who have donated to help us on our way.. please continue to support us..

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    Page last updated on: 11/26/2017 1:39 PM



    • Luke Smith

      Luke Smith

      Sep 14, 2017

      Good luck ! A very good cause


    • Nelson Elliott

      Nelson Elliott

      Sep 5, 2017


    • Anonymous


      Sep 4, 2017

      Best of luck with your fundraising, a very worthy cause.

    • Janet State

      Janet State

      Sep 4, 2017

      Wishing you all the best with this venture Sarah.


    • Anonymous


      Sep 4, 2017

      All the best x

    • Toms Grinvalds

      Toms Grinvalds

      Sep 4, 2017


    • Juliana Faustino

      Juliana Faustino

      Sep 4, 2017

      Hope you can raise the money needed for such a worthy cause!


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    Sarah Johnston

    Sarah Johnston

    Basildon District, Essex, United Kingdom

    we want what any parent wants- we want our kids to be happy and reach their potential - with a trained dog by their side it will help them to unlock the world they struggle with and aid them in achieving their dreams

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