Our Journey began....
Several years ago my husband and I adopted two boys with autism. As our two boys began to settle into our family we started to realize what our family had committed to. The melt downs, odd behaviors, repetitiveness and not being able to take them anywhere was overwhelming. We did not know how to help our two boys cope and interact with their world around them. We did a ton of research on therapies and we found the ones that would benefit our sons. As therapy began to help them cope with life we still noticed something missing –they were still lacking more emotional stability, sensory input and independence that was different from what they were already receiving from us and therapy. As we began our research on how a service dog could help our boys, we noticed that the waiting lists are incredibly long.....and with our boys needing something sooner, six years was way to long too wait. Thus began our journey to training service dogs for kids with autism.
We have been absolutely amazed at the changes we have seen in our family. Our special needs boys have been excited to explore their world for the first time since we adopted them. Church has become pleasant for them as well as going to stores and going on vacation. We have visited the beach several times and they have explored tide pools and climbed rocks! Our service dog Caspian has been everywhere and been the stabling force that has made the difference.
We want to help other families in our situation. We have the unique experience of raising kids with autism and seen the before and after by having a service dog. Our desire and passion is for other children with autism to have a friend to pal around with that would help keep them safe, secure and able to explore their world. Macy's Autism Pals (MAPs) was born out of a love for our children and the dream to see them succeed and grow into the best people they can be.
Please give us a call to learn more in how we may assist you in your journey.
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