11 Jan Smart Pup for Elijah (202401)
Elijah is a happy, loving, caring and cheeky young boy. He has been diagnosed with Autism level 3, GDD, nonverbal and intellectual disability. Elijah brightens the room with his up beat personality, his infectious smile and his quirkiness. Elijah loves his family, especially his baby sister Aubree. He loves dancing, painting, jumping and some down time to watch his favourite shows.
Elijah is our quirky, happy little miracle that has such a beautiful outlook on life.
A little bit about Elijah:
Elijah is nearly 4yrs old and has level 3 Autism, with GDD and an intellectual disability and is nonverbal.
The world can be a confusing place for Elijah. Everyday tasks can present as challenging for Elijah and require guidance through all his daily activities, including those that seem like normal practices to others, like feeding, sleeping, bathing, dressing and other basic personal hygiene and self-care tasks.
Regressions is quite common with Elijah, which means even a learnt task or skill can be forgotten overnight. Which can prompt him to become overwhelmed attempting basic tasks. An assistant dog would help Elijah navigate his emotions through these difficult situations until further help can be provided.
With Elijah being nonverbal, it further complicates his many challenges by his inability to communicate. Being nonverbal exacerbates anxiety and causes stress for Elijah and those around him. It can also become a safety risk for himself and others in stressful times. A support dog is trained to be the emotional support for Elijah during these anxious situations.
Elijah does not have the ability to understand the concept of safety and dangerous settings, which puts him and others at risk of harm. A Smart Pup could quiet literally save his life. Whether it be out walking, crossing roads, climbing unsafe objects or reaching for unsafe objects, as an assistant dog can step in, warning him and others of potential dangers.
Thank you for coming on this journey with us in securing a Smart Pup for Elijah. Every donation adds up and we are grateful for your support.