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ERIC Number: EJ890068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
My Four Children
Panish, Lisa
Exceptional Parent, v40 n5 p26-27 May 2010
In this article, the author shares how the two service dogs from Canine Assistants helped her realize her goal for her seven-year-old identical twin boys with cerebral palsy to be safer and independent. Connor's dog, Nadia, is a Black Labrador/ Golden Retriever mix. Chase's dog, Oakley, is a Standard Poodle/Golden Retriever mix. Nadia pushes Connor to run safely and is there when he falls. Oakley is a "steady" for Chase. They are training Oakley to allow Chase to pull to stand on him, and then walk with the dog on one side, and his cane on the other. The dogs know many basic and advanced commands. If the boys had it their way, the dogs would be running all over cleaning up their clothes and toys. As a single parent, she is relieved her boys have each other and their dogs when she's not around. Her twins have received another best friend, increased self esteem, and people now see past the disability of glasses, braces, and a walker, and see a child and his dog.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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