Autism affects millions of people around the world every day. It’s a difficult disorder for many to cope with on a day to day basis. But sometimes? Just one special dog can change everything.
Autism is a disorder which often results in difficulty communicating, forming relationships and showing emotion. There is a large spectrum on the autism scale so it’s often hard to determine proper treatment.
Autism Speaks says that “research suggests that children with autism are attached to their parents. However the way they express this attachment can be unusual.”
A boy named Joey was diagnosed with functioning autism when he was just 7 years old. Joey found it difficult to make friends or be in social environments. It made him feel lonely; it was very tough on him.
Joey asked his mom for a dog one day – his mom agreed. She found a Pit Bull through Best Friends Animal Shelter named Roxy. She knew Roxy would be the perfect dog for Joey and their household.
But neither Joey or his mom knew just how much of an impact she would make on Joey’s life and helping him cope with autism.