Category Archives: Autism Service Dogs

Having a Child with Autism and the Son-Rise Program

This month we are donating 15% of all on-line sales to Jordyn’s  goal of getting a service dog.  We asked Jordyn’s mom, Kelli to a write a post for us describing the Son-Rise Program and how it has helped Jordyn.

Having a Child with Autism by Kelli

Having a child diagnosed with autism I felt as if I’d been dropped at the bottom of very large mountain with no equipment to climb, but knew that was the only way to go, there was no looking back.  When first dropped at the base of the mountain, I went through all the standard stages – “why me” stage, then the “what did I do wrong that landed us here” stage, then the “what now” stage, all whilst not moving up the mountain.  Then there was a moment where I got the opportunity that this climb could be – not just for Jordyn, but for all of us – he was a gift given to teach us all sorts of lessons. 

It was soon after that moment that the Son-Rise Program came into our lives.  In reading the website I knew it was for us.  Grounded in loving and accepting Jordyn (and his autism) for all he is, while wanting more for us we began the climb up the mountain.

When we started our Son-Rise Program Jordyn was non-verbal, in his own world perseverating every waking hour on one activity or another, and not exhibiting his awareness of our presence except to guide our hand to food or drink.  Through loving play and joining Jordyn in his world he has come into ours – he now communicates with 3-4 word requests, LOVES being with people and including them in his games, and trying out their games.  We (including everyone we’ve trained to work with him) have enjoyed every moment and have had our lives altered over and over inside of playing with and loving him deeply.  We would not parent any other way.   We model exactly how we want him to interact with others – with loving respect, adventure, persistence, peacefulness, and passion – and he has blossomed!

All the things we have done have been complimentary to the Son-Rise Program, and/or in line with underlying principles of the program.  We continue to work and play with Jordyn to allow him to grow into the best version of himself.

Watch Jordyn’s journey Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 9.10.22 AM

Thank you Allergic Solution for being part of this Journey and your ongoing support.

Kelli

 

Support World Autism Day by Helping Jordyn Get an Autism Service Dog

I had the pleasure of meeting Kelli and Michael Pallett during a Parent’s Listen- Autism Education Community event

Jordyn was born on June 1, 2003.  Kelli and Mike realized at about 18 months that Jordyn’s speech was not developing normally, and saw examples of him withdrawing, avoiding eye contact, and engaging in repetitive behaviors, they turned to the medical community for help.  After Jordyn’s diagnosis Kelli and Mike thought they were doing as well as they could because Jordyn’s autism was recognized early. However, what they were really succeeding at was getting his name on waiting lists!

Kelli and Mike realized that they needed to go outside the established medical community if they were going to really help Jordyn.  Realizing that autism is impacting families in Ontario (and the world) at epidemic rates, they understood that they were not alone in being parents grappling the reality of having a child with Autism.

Kelli and Mike created the Parents Listen Speaker Series as an opportunity for parent’s to share with each other what works, what is available and where they can go for help. Go to their website to see archived talks http://www.pallettcorner.net/

Over the years I have watched Kelli work tirelessly to help Jordyn on his journey and at the same time support other parents in their journey with Autism.  When she told me they were working towards getting Jordyn an Autism dog www.autismdogservices.ca, I knew I wanted to help however I could.  Getting an Autism dog is not like going to the pound to pick out a puppy or visiting a breeder.  These dogs go through intensive training from birth and the cost is approximately $18,000.  Most parents of Autistic kids also deal with the added expense of things like supplements, special diets and special programs. This makes support dogs even more out of financial reach for families with Autistic children.

As a company Allergic Solution is committed to helping our community when we can.  We regularly donate to food banks, bring awareness to food allergies and sponsor events in support of Autism and Celiac disease.  I have a personal connection to Autism and have worked for a number of years helping parents of Autistic children navigate the GFCF (gluten-free, casein-free) diet.  This is why I decided I wanted to dedicate the month of April (Autism Awareness Month) to helping a family affected by Autism.  Kelli, Mike and Jordyn Pallett will be the recipients of our first official Lend a Hand to Autism Warrior Families.  The Pallett Family will receive 15% of all online sales for the month of April 2013 to put towards their goal of getting Jordyn a Autism dog.

Jordyn’s journey on YouTube http://youtu.be/NG1S1kxVbdU