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Abby and NSD Halo



Abby received her National Service Dog, Halo, in April, 2017. 

Abby is a happy and energetic little girl with many interests. She attends music therapy, swimming lessons, dance class and gymnastics. Abby loves music, books, and swinging, running and jumping on her trampoline in the backyard. Abby is a very loved, respected and valued member of her extended families. She is adored by her parents and is a kind big sister to her baby brother. Abby is constantly learning new things and surprises us every day.

Abby was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 21 months old. She has many challenges: gross and fine motor delays, sensory issues, speech and language challenges and behavioural concerns. Abby also has a movement disorder which is another neurological condition that affects her ability to walk properly. She experiences this condition for weeks at a time and then it goes away for a while and she can walk properly again. It usually happens every 1 ½ to 2 months and usually lasts between 5- 20 days. Falling is a safety concern, especially on the stairs.

Abby takes off running in stores, parking lots, driveways, parks, airports, etc. She doesn't like to hold hands much especially when we are in public places. She pulls to get away from us, screams, cries, sits on the floor, runs around stores touching random items, and doesn’t listen when we tell her to stop or to stay with us. This is a major safety concern. Having a service dog will help her remain safe while we are teaching her how to walk with our family. It will enable her to remain safe while out in the community.

Abby is extremely anxious when meeting new people/children, trying new activities, being separated from Mommy (even for a few minutes), during transitions, etc. When Abby is stressed she not only cries and screams but scratches, pinches and bites herself. With assistance from NSD Halo, Abby could better learn how to calm herself when stressed to give her time to remember to be confident in her abilities.

It is our hope that Halo will help her take part in social learning opportunities and lead a more independent life.

We are grateful for any donations we receive toward this newly formed team.

Thank you in advance for your support,

Lisa, Will, Abby and Grayson




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