Autism assistance dog is a big help for Port Blandford family Yuko coach outlet handbags on clearance arrived from Oakville, Ont.
Aug. 18 and already Chad and April are noticing a big difference in behaviour with their five year old daughter, Nancy. Yuko, a 20 month old yellow Labrador, is an Autism Assistant dog, trained by the Lions Foundation of Canada DogGuides. "That's a big difference. She suffered from severe night terrors and night anxiety. I could count on one hand the amount of coach tanger outlet times she has slept through the night in the past three or four months. Basically in five and a half years we had next to no sleep," says April. A neurologist was seeing Nancy and doctors weren't certain if she would grow out of her night terrors. Medication wasn't working and the Holloways felt she was too young to give her sleep aids. Since Yuko's arrival, Nancy has consistently slept through the night. Like many autistic children, the five year old is prone to severe meltdowns. "She would be anywhere from half hour to 45 minutes with us coach bags outlet prices trying to calm her down. Yuko does it in five minutes or less. A lot of it is with the pressure and the licking. We've noticed that, overall, she is calmer. Her anxiety has lessened," says April. "A lot of children with autism have major issues with anxiety. He has reduced her anxiety and allowed her to sleep." April says Nancy has also become more social. Other children approach her more often to ask about her dog. "It's kind of forcing her to be more social," says April. For many children with autism, social interaction is something they struggle with. Safety has also another big concern for the Holloways. Nancy is what would be considered a runner, explains April. "It's not necessarily that she just runs away from us. She kind of wanders away. She's a very intelligent girl and what you would call high functioning autism. (for example) when she gets it in her mind that she is going to the video section when we go to Wal Mart coach outlet at anthem az she's gone," explains April. If either parent stops watching her, even for a moment, she had a tendency to bolt. Yuko has a handle on his harness; Nancy came to understand that she would hold on to Yuko's handle. "The day picked up Yuko from the airport we went to a Wal Mart and she picked up his handle and stayed by his side. It was the most awesome shopping trip I've had in my life. Usually we are trying to find her," says April. Chad says that it used to be that they had to split duties, with one parent shopping and one watching Nancy. Having Yuko means they can do more things together, and do normal things, normally. "We became a split family, so Yuko has brought us back together as a total family," says April. "It's brought a sense of normalcy back in our lives. We kind of lost that when everything that came with her, came with her. Don't get me wrong, she's an angel, we love her, but a lot of parents who have children with Autism tend to not have the normalcy that most families have. When you've lost it for five and a half years and get that normalcy back, you really appreciate it." Facts about Yuko and the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides On Oct. 5, Yuko's trainer Tara MacDonald came to Port Blandford to give a presentation to the community. Here are some facts about Yuko and the Dog Guide Program: Dog Guides do all of their own breeding. A foster family looks after the dogs for the first year of their life Trainer Tara MacDonald trains Yuko specifically for Autism Assistance. Other programs include Canine Vision, Hearing Ear, Seizure Response, Service and Diabetic Alert. The dogs are trained for months to remain calm during meltdowns.
They aren't stressed by screams, stomping and outbursts. The children wear a waist belt, which attaches to the dogs harness. If the dog feels resistance he pulls back against it.
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