Pets are known to relieve anxiety and stress, and pet parents understand the power of having a pet around your kid. Recent studies have found pets can make all the difference for children suffering from disorders such as autism.
Evan is a nine-year-old living in Goodyear who was diagnosed with Autism at a very young age. He also suffers from ADHD and anxiety, and he has trouble making friends in school.
“Imagine your body feeling like it needs to move all the time that you feel the need to constantly get up so you have a hard time even making it through a meal,” says Evan’s mom, Nichole McCure.
Evan was surprised with Hazel the Golden Retriever for Christmas. The Golden retriever is specifically trained to keep Evan calm during times that would otherwise prove stressful for the young boy.
“His service dog will be trained to remind him to stay seated by laying its head on his lap,” says Evan’s mom. ”When Evan is feeling anxious the dog will be there to calm him.”
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