July 31, 2019
Xena has now completed her Advanced Training and has recently been placed with a young boy in Victoria living with autism.
The little boy is constantly challenged with performing day to day tasks. He has difficulties with speech and finds it challenging to express his emotions at times. However, despite these issues, he has a great love for all animals, and Xena has settled in nicely with the new family.
“We have been waiting for Xena for three years, my son was asking me every time he saw a dog and I had the same answer for three years. Once we received a call from Assistance Dogs Australia, I couldn’t believe it was true, so I dare not tell my son until I had double confirmed that it was true.”– Mum.
Together the family has set some specific goals that they are determined to achieve moving forward. One of these is to develop the boy’s verbal skills. With help from his mum, the little boy has taken on the responsibility of “teaching” Xena her cues around the house and while on walks.
With Xena’s company, tasks that were challenging and difficult for the boy have now become enjoyable. For example trips to school and buying a toy. During a recent shopping trip with Xena he hurried along in his decision when he realised Xena was waiting!
“I would like to take this chance to deeply thank the team at Canon Medical for everything that you have done to help us.” – Mum.