This blog is all about how Oliver is helping Wills to adapt to and make sense of the world, as well as the practical help we are teaching him to give William to help him to cope with his autism and the physical challenges he faces everyday.
I've mentioned the amazing work Dogs for the Disabled are doing with their PAWS programme to help parents train family pet dogs to help their child with autism and introduced you to Grace and her Support Dogs assist dog Merlin. Today, I had some interesting twitter exchanged with people about the fantastic way our four legged friends can help us through life's challenges, including coping with autism.
@Sukesu said, "dogs seem to have a way of reaching people and making the world a much less scary and better place."
@NoDominance is a dog trainer and says, my dogs have helped me with my Aspergers. I can now coach small groups - dogs rock!" I'll be catching up with her soon to find out more about her amazing dogs and the work she does training dogs with challenging behaviours. Watch this space for a blog about this in the coming weeks.
I even heard from Diesel the greyhound, known on twitter as @blueskinnydog. He said, "we are very patient." If he's anything like Oliver he must be. Oliver never tires of William, whatever he does, be it incessantly running rings around him or lying all over him when he's trying to sleep of gnaw a bone.
@ASmallWorldGirl summed our discussion up in a singe tweet - "dogs make things better, they heal."