Some children with autism can’t stand to be hugged or touched. Can you imagine being a parent unable to embrace or have any physical contact with your child? For one 5-year-old boy named Kai and his family, this is their reality. Things changed when the little boy met Tornado, his very own service dog.
Like some children living with autism, Kai has sensory issues; he rejects physical contact. ‘They don’t look in people’s eyes, they won’t hug their parents, and they are hypersensitive to touch and sound,” Dr. Anis Contractor told Daily Mail.
Shanna Neihaus, Kai’s mother, couldn’t hold back her astonishment when Kai met tornado for the first time. “See this moment? I’ve never experienced a moment like this. Yesterday was the first day my 5-year-old autistic son met his new autism service dog, Tornado. We are Americans that live overseas in Japan and have prepared for nearly two years to meet Tornado,” Neihaus said, according to Love What Matters.
Until that day, Shanna never saw her son willingly accept an embrace from anyone, even from his family members. For Shanna, cuddling, bathing and even dressing Kai can be a chore. Because he couldn’t accept touch from anyone, making friends was difficult for the little boy.
“This picture captures the face of a mother who saw her child, who she can’t hug, wash, dress, snuggle and touch freely, lay on his new service dog of his own free will, with a purposeful, unspoken attachment,” she’s said. “This is the face of a mom who has seen her son experience countless failed social interactions on the playground in an attempt to have a friend.”
When he first saw Tornado, Kai ran to him. The bond between boy and dog was instant. Shanna couldn’t believe what she was seeing as her son hugged him. Kai finally made a friend of his own.
“Any friend. Any kind of connection. She has sat with her son while he has cried at night for months because he has no consistent connections outside of the family, no matter how hard he tries and no matter what he works hard on in his autism therapies,” she explains.
“It doesn’t transfer to the natural occurring world for him. And now she is sitting behind her son silently watching this moment, with the air sucked from her lungs, and no words to say.”
This beautiful moment signaled to Shanna that not only was her little boy growing up, but he was going to be all right. “It’s worth every fight for services for my son, every diagnosis, every new provider, every dollar spent, every paper filled out, every school meeting, every shed tear, every step forward, every step back, and every wonder of the unknown future,” Shanna said.
Tornado came from Paws 4 Ability. Lucky for us, we can watch the first meeting between Kai and his first friend, Tornado in the video below. Get ready to smile and maybe even shed a tear or two.
La emoción de una madre al ver que su hijo autista se relaciona con su perroLa emoción de Shanna Niehaus, la madre de un niño autista, no conocía límites. Su pequeño, de cinco años y autista, se había sentado junto a su perro en una escena que ha quedado inmortalizada en las redes sociales."Nunca he experimentado un momento así. Mi hijo ha sido capaz de sentarse junto a su perro", ha explicado Niehaus a través de Facebook.Ha costado dos años, que son los que el animal, llamado Tornado, lleva con la familia. Pero al final ha sucedido: "La espera es larga pero este momento hace que valga la pena", cuenta la madre, que ni si quiera puede abrazar o tocar al pequeño.Hasta ahora el niño siempre había fracasado en sus intentos de relacionarse con las personas. Sin embargo, la presencia de Tornado lo ha cambiado todo: "Sé que todo va a estar bien. Es indescriptible, algo mágico".www.radiocaracol1047.blogspot.com.ar
Posted by FM Caracol 104.7 on Tuesday, October 25, 2016