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  Support Holden and his future National Service Dog 

We are looking for your help and support on, yet another, journey we are embarking on.  We have decided to pursue an Autism Service Dog for Holden.  Holden was diagnosed with Autism over 6 years ago now.  We have completed full-time Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programming, gone through many Speech Therapists, a few Occupational Therapists, and at least one Behavioural Consultant.  We are so pleased and impressed with all the hard work Holden has put in over the years and couldn’t be prouder of the young man he is becoming.  We believe Holden is ready for another type of support, an Autism Service Dog.  We believe that a Service Dog will help support Holden with the next phase of his life.  Holden has been accepted to the National Service Dogs (NSD) program.  


NSD is an amazing non-profit organization that trains certified service dogs for people on the Autism Spectrum and for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), NSD is currently offering the PTSD program to Veterans and First Responders in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta.


NSD’s Certified Service Dogs are valued at $30,000 over their eight to ten year working life; however, each dog is provided free of charge to approved clients.  NSD receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations from the general public, corporate sponsors, fundraising events, and community supporters.  We are asking for your support in fundraising for this outstanding organization.


We have given the idea of an Autism Service Dog a lot of thought over the years.  We have noted as Holden ages that the gap between Holden and his peers is growing ever wider, and, although he is often interested in what his friends/peers are up to, he seems more interested in the neighbours pets than the kids.  Holden also can be a “flight risk”, at times, he has been caught trying to leave the school building, and often, should something catch his eye from across the street, can be seen disregarding his surroundings and heading that way.  Holden also suffers from a severe peanut allergy and is not the most diligent or even aware about what this could mean for his health and safety. In fact, currently, Holden is not able to carry his own Epi-Pen. Holden can also easily get frustrated and anxious with certain situations or when things unexpectedly change and don’t meet his expectations. Holden doesn’t tolerate crowds or loud noises very well.   


All of these things bring us to where we are now in our journey with Autism. Service dogs are well known for their work with the Blind and in Epilepsy patients. In recent years, the same approach in training dogs for pairing with Autistic individuals has proven to be quite effective with safety, behavior modifications, companionship, and increasing independence in people on the Autism Spectrum. Autism Service Dogs help to bridge the gap between a child and their peers at school and the community. Many parents have reported that their children are able to better cope with difficult environments with their service dogs present. The service dogs help modify behaviors and reduce anxiety in overwhelming public settings. We also hope that Holden will gain some independence and learn how to assist with the daily care routines with his service dog, such as grooming, feeding, watering, exercising and relieving. Our ultimate goal is that his service dog will accompany Holden to school with educational goals to increase communication, independence and socialization.  


As always, your unending patience and support for Holden and our entire family means more than you will ever know…THANK YOU!!

Autism may not have been the path that we would have chosen, but we sure LOVE the tour guide.

Yours truly,

Karolyn, Kevin, Holden, Noah, and Isla

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