Being a parent is a challenging job. However, parents caring for children with autism have it even harder. Because of autistic children’s certain behaviors, parents need to understand their children and adapt to their needs. Just like one mom named Amanda Granados has been doing.
Amanda Granados’s son, named Joey, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Ever since Joey was a child, Amanda said that he hated being touched by anyone, even by her. This meant that Amanda couldn’t hug and kiss her own son. As a mother, it was hard for her not to show physical attention to her son, but she refrained from doing it.
But when Joey met Roxy, an adorable gray Pitbull, things started to change for the better. Joey was a teenager when he first met Roxy, a sweet pup with wonderful brown eyes, floppy ears, and a loving heart. The pup immediately became Joey’s friend and helped him form relationships with others.
Thanks to Roxy’s help, Joey said that he was starting to be sociable and was even able to kiss, hug, and hold his mom after a very long time. As for Amanda, she expressed that she felt very happy when her son showed her physical affection. No doubt, Amanda was more than grateful to the pup for helping her son open his heart to others. It was a moment Joey’s mom would never forget!
Joey’s experience with Roxy has moved many people’s hearts, but Joey is not the only one with a story like this. Many people with autism who have service dogs also have their own stories of how their pups help them get through their everyday life and motivate them to socialize with others. Service dogs are known to calm and help aid in communications for people with autism.
However, not all cases of autism are the same, so not everyone can be helped by service dogs. But for Joey, Roxy has proved to be his lifesaver. We hope that these two best friends will continue flourishing in their relationship.
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