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A special dog for a very special little boy...

My name is Peyton Blaise McCraw. I am 4 years old, and have been diagnosed with Classic Autism, Sensory Processing Intergative Disorder, and Absence Seizures. I am asking for help so I can have an Autism Service Dog to help keep me safe. Many people think of a service dog only for blind/deaf persons. Well, this just isn't the case. The autism service dogs are trained for many more months after the training for a seeing eye dog is completed. They are trained according to the specific needs of the child. One major factor the dog plays is keeping the child from running away, or alerting the caregiver when they child does elope. When out in public, the child will have their own leash in which they are attached to the dog, and the caregiver will also have a leash. The dogs are taught to become a dead weight if they feel a sudden, sharp tug on the child's leash, keeping the child from running. They also are trained to provide pressure therapy for their child with certain pressure points. Peyton's pressure points are his sacrum, legs, and ears. When Peyton is becoming overwhelmed, the dog senses this and can become a weighted blanket or paw at Peyton's lower back, and calming him down. The service dog also provides a security blanket, so to speak. Children with autism have a hard time transitioning from activity to activity, and the autism dogs provide a constant for these concrete thinkers. About Peyton: Peyton was born at Floyd Medical Center via c-section at 8:32 am on April 18, 2007. He was full term at 39 weeks and 3 days. He was a healthy baby boy, until he came home. During the first day in the hospital, the nurses noticed that Peyton could not poop. Come to find out, he had an incompetent sphincter. After a couple of weeks, he was doing great. Then, it was GERD and the colic. His family passed this off as normal, and gave him the medication as his doctor prescribed. But Peyton was far from normal. He did not speak a full "grown up" word until he was 2 1/2. He did not walk until 18 months. His pediatrician and mother thought he was a "stubborn" child, and just monitored his progress. When he reached the age of 2... he stayed there. He started loosing his eye contact, refused to play with other kids, became fascinated with trains and anything with wheels. He began to make up his own language. He never colored pictures. With the diagnosis taking a year, Peyton was put into a regular classroom. He was "wrote up" over 60 times his first year of school. He was overwhelmed, and would do things to get into trouble it seemed. But, he was smart, the smartest in his class that year, when he could function. Now that we have his diagnosis, we have him in the right therapies and are working hard to open the doorway into his little word. He doesn't play with other kids, he doesn't communicate like the rest of us do, and his version of fun will bore us to tears. But, he is unique. He is one of a kind, and very intelligent at that... and very loved. Even if you cannot give, you can help Peyton out so much just by spreading the word of this page so others can see. Thank you and God bless... Love, Peyton <3
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