Autism Assistance dog for Isaac

Supporting Paws is an assistance dog organisation based in South East England, primarily providing Autism and Neuro disability support dogs. They will select a pedigree Labrador at 8 weeks of age and train the dog to meet Isaac's specific needs. The training program is about 12 months long and will cover everything from obedience to providing Isaac with sensory intervention when required.

Isaac is 11 years old and was diagnosed in 2019 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Social Communication and Attention Skill Difficulties. He also struggles with sensory processing. This means that a lot of things that most of us take for granted are a daily struggle for Isaac - clothing, smells, food, interacting with others and controlling his behaviour can all cause him problems. 

Isaac is animal obsessed - in particular dogs. Our hope is that an assistance dog will help him grow in confidence and encourage him to get out more. We removed Isaac from school in October last year due to issues with his behaviour and he has been homeschooled since. We believe an assistance dog will help Isaac to get out of the house on a daily basis whilst keeping his anxiety at a manageable level. At some point he would like to return to school and with the help of an assistance dog we believe this might be possible. We also hope bedtimes may be a little easier with a dog trained to help keep him calm in the evenings.  

Please help in any way you can to enable us achieve this dream for Isaac.

7.5% of all donations to Tree of Hope in relation to this appeal will be allocated to the general charitable purposes of Tree of Hope to cover our core operating costs.

If we raise insufficient funds, or surplus funds, then the funds will be used, if appropriate, to fund support for our child’s needs in accordance with Tree of Hope’s charitable objects.  If in those circumstances we are unable to use all or part of the funds for the benefit of our child in accordance with Tree of Hope’s charitable objects, then any funds that cannot be used will be transferred to be used for the general charitable purposes of Tree of Hope.

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