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Victoria Meyers Family- Autism Service Dog Fundraiser - Fine Artist

Victoria Meyers Family- Autism Service Dog Fundraiser

Malvern, AR - United States

 
 
 

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Victoria Meyers Family- Autism Service Dog Fundraiser

Malvern, AR - United States

Victoria Meyers Family- Autism Service Dog Fundraiser - Fine Artist

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About Victoria Meyers Family- Autism Service Dog Fundraiser

Hi, my name is Victoria Meyers and I have a 15 year old son with Autism (who I call Bear) and 4 beautiful girls. Our goal is to train an Autism Service Dog for my son Bear- can you help? Please 'like' and share this page :) Fundraising efforts for Service Dog supplies, training supplies, daily care, food, vetting etc. are ongoing.

The artwork you see here is done by Maxine Meyers, Bear's sister and Bear himself aka: Sidney Meyers. With some photography from Mom. Thank you for looking and please visit our Facebook page for updates on our progress at ASDog4Bear.

Help my son Sidney 'Bear' train Sunshine as his Autism Service dog. 'Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning there is a wide range of symptoms that stem from a neurological disconnect characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication and severely restricted interests and highly repetitive behavior. The range of impairments in functioning run from mild to severe...
...an appropriate dog can greatly benefit the child in many ways including calming (tactile stimulation--petting the soft fur of a dog), helping develop pragmatic language skills and social interactions (people are more likely to engage a child who is paired with a lovely dog), help alert to a child's possible impulse control (running away, 'escaping,' and causing possible risk of danger), give a child something to focus on in overly stimulating environments (trip to a store, doctor's office, etc.), as well as just being a companion who gives unconditional love and comfort in an often scary and overwhelming world.' (A quote from http://dogtime.com/dogs-autistic-kids-rachel-friedman-faq.html)

Our Training Goals Include:
Basic Commands
Walk Beside Bear (on a leash or not)
When I call out 'Bear' the dog will bark to let me know his location.
Draw Attention to Bear's Name Being Called
Redirect Bear's Meltdowns
Redirect Bear's Stimming
Blocking (Stop Bear from walking into traffic)
Personal Security (Disabled kids and adults are vulnerable to bullying)
Walk with Bear to the Library of the Store Safely on their own

These dogs can assist with the sensory overload people with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities frequently feel. And these amazing dogs also help calm the social fears these individuals often have. They can be trained to let a child or adult know that they are doing a repetitive motion so the person can stop. They help people with sensory input problems steer clear of obstacles. They may may also prevent or block children from running off. Often a child with Autism is actually tethered to the service dog for safety and security while the parent or handler holds the main leash. These service dogs help keep people with Autism calm when they are in strange or stressful environments.

Children challenged by Autism often speak to their service dog even when they won’t speak to adults and some children have even been known to give verbal commands to the dog when they won’t speak to anyone else.

An Autism service dog may halt behaviors like self harming, PICA, self stimulation, and even meltdowns and temper outbursts. They often assist with poor balance and with challenges in auditory and visual processing.

Autism service dogs help people challenged by autism to communicate with the world around them. Being with a service dog often helps a child lengthen his or her attention span and improves the ability to focus longer on people and tasks. Service dogs help increase the willingness of those with Autism to communicate with others and to make improved eye contact. All of this can happen when the child or adult feels safe and secure with an Autism service dog.

Autism Service Dogs: Ssig Dogs are sensory signal dogs or social signal dogs. They are trained to help people challenged by Autism. Autism affects more than one in 100 children in many different ways.

Ssig dogs help with the sensory overload people with Autism often feel and to help calm their social fears. These dogs may let a child or adult know that they are doing a repetitive motion so the person can stop and remain calm. They also help people with sensory input problems steer clear of obstacles. They may stop children with Autism from running off. And, service dogs help keep people with Autism calm when they are in strange places or environments.

With children challenged by Autism, the service dog becomes a friend that the child may often speak to when they won’t speak to adults. These dogs are often fit with two leashes — one for the child to hold or be tethered to and another one for the parents to hold. The dog will accept commands from the parents, thus providing a new sense of freedom for the child and the parent. Some children have been known to give verbal commands to the dog even when they won’t speak to anyone else.

Best of all, service dogs help people challenged by Autism to communicate with the world around them. Being with a service dog often helps lengthen attention spans and improves the ability to focus longer on people and tasks. Service dogs help increase the willingness of those with Autism to communicate with others and to make improved eye contact. All of this can happen when the child or adult feels safe and secure with a service dog.

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Wanderer by Maxine Meyers
 

Wanderer by Maxine Meyers

The Sky from Above by Maxine Meyers
 

The Sky from Above by Maxine Meyers

Stylized Rose by Maxine Meyers
 

Stylized Rose by Maxine Meyers

Spot the Cat by Maxine Meyers
 

Spot the Cat by Maxine Meyers

Jack by Sidney Meyers
 

Jack by Sidney Meyers

Green Genesis by Maxine Meyers
 

Green Genesis by Maxine Meyers

Moonlit Tree by Maxine Meyers
 

Moonlit Tree by Maxine Meyers

Fruit Bowl by Sidney Meyers
 

Fruit Bowl by Sidney Meyers

Gizmo by Sidney Meyers
 

Gizmo by Sidney Meyers

Candle by Sidney Meyers
 

Candle by Sidney Meyers

Stink Horn Mushroom by Maxine Meyers
 

Stink Horn Mushroom by Maxine Meyers

Time Out by Maxine Meyers
 

Time Out by Maxine Meyers

Self Portrait - 2011 by Maxine Meyers
 

Self Portrait - 2011 by Maxine Meyers

Squid Please by Maxine Meyers
 

Squid Please by Maxine Meyers

Goblin Shark by Maxine Meyers
 

Goblin Shark by Maxine Meyers

Jelly Fish Go by Maxine Meyers
 

Jelly Fish Go by Maxine Meyers

Dr. Andrew Day by Sidney Meyers
 

Dr. Andrew Day by Sidney Meyers

Doctor Who and The Tardis by Maxine Meyers
 

Doctor Who and The Tardis by Maxine Meyers

Cold Fall Day by Maxine Meyers
 

Cold Fall Day by Maxine Meyers

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