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Help The Gordon Boyz get an autism service dog that will change their daily life.

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to The Gordon Boyz give forward page. As many of you know I am a SINGLE mom of three special needs boyz. As their mother, I believe it is my responsibility to find a way to help their everyday lives and provide my children every benefit and opportunity possible. An autism service dog has the potential to make an immeasurable difference in not only their quality of life, independence, ability to make social relationship and safety but also dramatically affect our family unit as a whole and our community’s perception and awareness of autism. To see specific benefits of an autism service dog please see below
Unfortunately, it can take up to $15,000 to raise and train an autism service dog that possesses the skill and the temperament required for a successful match between dog and child. The parent contribution is what seems to be an overwhelming sum of $5,000, but I am determined to raise every penny to make this opportunity happen for our family prior to the next school year, one donation at a time. I understand that times are hard and money is tight but anything you can donate will help and will be appreciated!!!!
Already some people have asked “why not get a free dog?” or “aren’t free programs available?” My response is yes free programs are available, however the waiting list is years long, my kids need help ASAP. I am determined to stop waiting and start doing. This will change our life!!! If you have any further questions about autism dogs, autism in general, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks –
Tina Marie

UPDATE 5/28/12

Meet Rex
William BONDED to Rex RIGHT AWAY! Rex is now at the trainer. The training will take 4 to 6 months. We will keep Facebook and this page updated. Thanks

UPDATE 6/13/12
If you like to send cards or change for the kids Rex piggy bank here is our address

The Gordons
229 Sheltie Ln
Enoch, UT 84721

An Autism Service Dog Can Do:
• Search and Rescue/Tracking: almost all children with autism, has a strong tendency to wander away and use evasive escaping behavior. Despite safety measures of a security system and locks on the doors and windows of our home, Bradley has snuck out of our house, church and school. We’ve been fortunate to have always found him before he got far away. We need to keep a vigil eye on him at home. And, the risk of him getting lost when we are away from home (in a crowded shopping mall, at the park on a family vacation) is much greater, and seems inevitable without help. In the event that Bradley ever wanders away, a service dog with tracking skills will find him within precious minutes and seconds when simply given the command to find his boy.
• Behavior disruption: Autistic children commonly engage in repetitive behavior, They are no exception. Some have tendencies include jumping, head rolling and spinning in circles. A service dog trained in behavior disruption will be trained to recognize these particular behaviors as a signal to place his or her paw or nose on William or Bradley to stop the behavior. To the dog, when given an occasional treat, this is a game. It encourages them to cease his repetitive behavior, and may even help him engage with the dog and more socially appropriate behavior. Additionally, this helps the parent/teacher to be more hands off with them and use verbal commands more sparingly.
• Tethering: This skill will provide one of the greatest benefits for us. Here, the service dog wears a special tethering leash. The kids will be connected to the dog with one portion of the leash. We, the handlers, will control the dog with a second leash. With tethering we will find a new freedom out in the community. Currently, shopping, trips to amusement parks, public gatherings and other outings are things we try to avoid as we constantly have to have our hand on them or be close enough to run after all three (lol) when (not if) one tries to run away. Tethering will help us and offer some more independence as our hands are free. In the event they have impulsively runs towards a dangerous situation (like an oncoming car) or disobediently bolts, we as handlers command the dog to go into a down onto the ground which will hold them from running adding multiple layers of protection. With time many children get so accustomed to tethering that they actually find it calming when out in public.
• Sensory interventions: the kids autism makes them crave heavy sensory input this is a key factor in much of their maladaptive and self-injurious behavior. A service dog will help provide the deep pressure they needs to calm down. The dog will be trained to sit on their lap and to allow one to lie against him. A potential outcome is that the kids will decrease his less socially acceptable ways of seeking sensory input, such as stemming, jumping or running in public places.
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