Usa, il figlio autistico si stende sul suo cane: mamma scoppia in lacrime...




Shanna vede per la prima volta il suo bimbo di 5 anni relazionarsi con il labrador che lo aiuta a mantenere i contatti con la realtà e si commuove. La foto testimonia il "miracolo"


E' in ginocchio, in lacrime, e con una mano cerca di soffocare i singhiozzi. Shanna Niehaus non può credere ai suoi occhi: davanti a lei c'è suo figlio Kainoa, 5 anni, affetto da autismo. Lei non può toccarlo, abbracciarlo, lavarlo, ma il bambino, arrivato dal Giappone al 4 Paws For Ability centre in Ohio, ha appoggiato la testa sulla pancia del labrador Tornado, che per due anni è stato addestrato dall'ente per poter interagire con lui. "Non ho mai assistito a un momento come questo", scrive Shanna su Facebook.


"See this moment? I've never experienced a moment like this. Yesterday was the first day my 5 year old Autistic son met his new Autism Service Dog, Tornado. We are Americans that live overseas in Japan and have prepared for nearly two years to meet Tornado.
This picture captures the face of a mother who saw her child, who she can't hug, wash, dress, snuggle and touch freely lay on his new Service dog of his own free will, with a purposeful, unspoken attachment. This is the face of a mom who has seen her son experience countless failed social interactions on the playground in an attempt to have a friend. Any friend. Any kind of connection. She has sat with her son while he has cried at night for months because he has no consistent connections outside of the family no matter how hard he tries and no matter what he works hard on in his Autism therapies. It doesn't transfer to the natural occurring world for him. And now she is sitting behind her son silently watching this moment, with the air sucked from her lungs, and no words to say.
It's worth every fight for services for my son, every diagnosis, every new provider, every dollar spent, every paper filled out, every school meeting, every shed tear, every step forward, every step back, and every wonder of the unknown future. Somehow because of this - because of Tornado - I know everything will be okay. As a mother, I have seen countless challenging and painful moments my son has encountered and cried countless more. Yesterday however, I cried for a different reason. It is a feeling that is indescribable."
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Submitted by S. Niehaus
Service Dog from 4 Paws For Ability

"Come madre, - continua Shanna a margine della foto, per prima pubblicata sulla pagina Facebook di Love What Matters e che ha ricevuto in poco tempo migliaia di visualizzazioni e oltre 200mila condivisioni, - ho vissuto innumerevoli momenti difficili e dolorosi con mio figlio e ho pianto innumerevoli volte. Ma, ieri, ho pianto per un motivo diverso. E' un sentimento indescrivibile".

4 Paws For Ability è un'organizzazione internazionale no-profit che fornisce cani di assistenza ai bambini disabili e ai veterani di guerra che hanno perso l'uso degli arti o l'udito.

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