Lilia-Caitlin's Assisstance Dog
Firstly, thank you so much for visiting my Just Giving page.
Supporting Paws has accepted me onto their Assistance Dog programme, I now need to raise the funds as fast as possible so that they can find and train a dog for me, I really need your help!
I have had my first assessment which cost £250 and passed this successfully. I am now raising £1,600 to join to the waiting list.
My name is Lilia-Caitlin and I am 14 years old. I was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the late age of 11. My parents were told from the age of 3 that teachers did not share the same concerns as them. Finally, at 8 someone listened but it took a further 28 months to get diagnosed. At the age of 8 my parents got private funding for me to have a Sensory Integration Assessment with Barnardo’s and I was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder; this started my journey.
Whilst at Primary School I was bullied by children my age. The school said it was just ‘playing’ but I went home with bruises and one time a swollen foot. I would tell my parents of being slapped in the face and my mum, Tanya, watched me being pulled around in circles by my hood in the playground at playtime, but still it was only playing, bullying didn’t happen at that school.
My self-esteem, wellbeing and education started to suffer, and my parents decided to take meout of that school. The head teacher said there was nothing different about me. All the schools where full and so I had to be Home Schooled until I was old enough to go to secondary school.
Because I was Home Schooled the Local Authority refused to help me. When I was 12 and going back to school the Local Authority offered me assessments and I got an Education Health Care Plan and the diagnoses. I went to Secondary School for two years and loved it, but I got bullied by a Teaching Assistant and the school would not help me or keep me safe, so I was removed again. Because of my Autism and Anxieties, I will always be vulnerable and easy to bully.
I am Home Educated now as I have lost all confidence and trust in schools.
I would like an assistance Dog because I am two scared to go out by myself. I only leave the house with an adult or my younger brother, Lewis, who is 12 and my young carer. A dog will help to make me feel safe and will keep me calm when my anxieties rises, and I feel I need to run away. It will help me find my way home when my head stops working and I go blank. I have hypersensitive hearing and hate sirens and alarms. A dog will help to keep me calm and hopefully I can bury my ears in its fur to block the sound out. I hope to go to college if I can have a dog supporting me.
‘Supporting Paws are highly trained assistance dogs and can give young adults real independence. It will have access to public places, and this enables the whole family to do everyday tasks such as shopping’
People think I am an animal whisperer as all animals like me and are calm around me. My mum is a strong believer in Animal Therapy, and we have had many pets including Guinea Pigs, Fish, African Land Snails and two cats. Our current Cat follows me around the house and sits on me. She knows when I am anxious and takes care of me. She helps the whole family and although I know the dog will be mine, I think it will love and help everyone in the house.
Thank you for reading my story and considering making this possible for me. If you can donate I will be forever grateful to you.
(With my mum’s help)
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'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.'