One of the effects of her disability is that she has no impulse control and an inability to understand personal danger. She has absolutely no sense of stranger danger, She has also developed an addiction to smelling and drinking gasoline. It makes her dizzy and she likes to feel dizzy. In an effort to keep her safe, we have installed electronic deadbolt locks in our home along with other protective measures, but as she gets older, these will not be enough.
What Alivia needs is a companion that can be with her at all times, and who can alert us when she is in danger and who can be trained to protect her. To meet this need, we are trying to raise funds to get a service dog for her. 4 Paws for Ability, a non-profit organization, trains dogs to work with children like Alivia, but it is not cheap. The cost is $15,000 and families are required to raise the funds to make this happen. This, however, insures that the dog is trained especially for an particular child. The dog for Alivia would be trained to alert when she is engaging in dangerous behaviors and to try to prevent them. It would be trained to alert when she has seizures. It would be a calming influence for her when her emotions are escalating and would provide the social lubricant to help her fit in with her peers. It can assist with sensory overload, compuslive behaviors, stemming activies, and more. You can find out more about 4 Paws for Ability on their website at http://4pawsforability.org/fasd-assistance-dog/.
Alivia, pictured here with her adoring and doting grandfather Duke Davis, who passed away February 5, 2015, needs a service dog to help protect her and to help her to better function in the world. We greatly appreciate any donations made on Alivia's behalf or in memory of her loving grandfather to make this happen.
Thank you and God bless you!
- Jon Davis
- KIMBERLY Schulle
- Paul Hogan
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