My world is bright. Help me to know it.
We are so grateful and excited!! With the help of some wonderful people we are quickly approaching our goal. We have just a short distance to go with additional support.
Thanks to Morgan MCloy for wanting to tell my son's story!
How Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders effect out daily lives. How your support will impact us.
Our first weekend having Milly with us.
Another great day of training with Rhyse's service dog Milly.
Our service dog working on fine tuning her social skills!
Pictures from our first interactions with Rhyse's service dog Mildred. It was a great time for us all witnessing the change in Rhyse. Mildred has a calming effect on him.
Love at first lick!
Walking and using simple command.
Thank you for taking time to read our story. My son Rhyse (pronounced Reese) is a charming 4 year old. Rhyse loves animals, books, puzzles, music, museums, trains, fire trucks, and rocket ships. His smile and sweet disposition can melt your heart:-) Rhyse suffers from a birth defect that is an organic brain disability caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol in the womb of his birth mom. The damage to his brain is PERMANENT.
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Since birth and up until now, my son has challenges with behaviors, anxiety, sleep deprivation, intellectual developmental disorder, sensory over load, speech, poor gross motor coordination, to name a few. He was diagnosed with partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at 28 months, finally after months of me expressing my concerns about his development. A mother knows when something is not right with her child.
Rhyse and I recently relocated so that he could have access to the best treatment and services that could benefit his developmental needs. We left our entire family and support system, with their blessing.
In working with his treatment team, one of his medical doctors suggested a service dog for Rhyse. How would a service dog help a child with an invisible disability? Service dogs are trained to perform tasks for those who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism, and psychiatric disabilities. Mildred, the name of our soon-to-be service dog, will be trained to apply deep pressure to his body to help calm him when his senses are overloaded. Mildred will act as a tether to prevent him from darting into the street and provide added safety. In a world that is confusing and disorienting, Mildred will provide the physical and emotional support to help Rhyse walk less clumsily, remain calm in new situations, and boost his self esteem. By serving as a bridge between Rhyse's world and the world we live in, I am hopeful that Rhyse can show significant improvements in language and thinking skills. Within the first few moments of the two meeting and working together, I've never witnessed my son so calm and focused. It confirmed that this is the right fit for him. My dream, as it is for any parent, is to raise my son to be productive, independent, and a contributor to society. I want him to believe in his Abilities and not focus on his disability. Please help make my son's dream of having a service pet and companion come true.
Thanking you in advance,
Angel and Rhyse Ash