Did you know March 21st is World Down syndrome day?
This day is important as it give people all over the world an opportunity to learn what Down syndrome is, what it is like to live with Down syndrome and how vital people with Down syndrome are on our community.
We are preparing to celebrate this day and help promote understanding and acceptance of children and adults with Down syndrome.
Freddie is 7 years old. He loves Toy Story, music, swimming lessons, puppies and playing with his brothers Preston, Indy and baby Dash.
Freddie also happens to have Down syndrome. It does not define Freddie, but is part of what makes him special. Freddie loves life and throws himself wholeheartedly into it. He also has Apraxia and is non-verbal but uses sign language to communicate.
A Therapy and Companion dog is our next step in Freddie’s life journey. He loves animals and particularly dogs.
The benefits of a specially trained Therapy Dogs for children is well researched and with the help of an expert trainer we are excited to see the possibilities for Freddie.
Through being active and participating in swimming, gymnastics and music lessons we have seen Freddie blossom and make many accomplishments. We believe a Therapy Dog will continue this stimulation on a sustainable daily basis.
The companionship of a dog and the confidence of having a best mate with him always, is another motivating factor for us.
Any support you could offer us in helping our little man with this stage of his journey toward independence, will be so greatly appreciated!
We have organized a Go Fund Me account to help make this special companion become a reality.
Benefits of a Therapy Dog
- Encouraging speech and communication
- Help Freddie be “present” and part of the family.
- Developing neural pathways to help overcome sensory processing issues.
- Motivation to build motor skills and exercise.
- Increase participation in learning activities.
- Build life skills through caring for a pet.
- Learning to complete tasks
- Build empathy
- Help regulate emotions and mood.
- Relieve anxiety, especially when visiting new places and undertaking new activities.
The Kennedy family and I are very excited as we realise what a wonderful addition and what an incredible change, a Therapy Dog will make to our inspirational little boy.
We are creating a range of free printables to help the boys prepare for the arrive of a dog and share with everyone online.
Freddie's journey has been shared by our local paper. Read their article here...