Mom Posts A Tearful Picture Of Autistic Son With His Service Dog On Social Media With An Emotional Note
Being a parent is hard enough but being a parent of a child with special needs is difficult in its own way. You have to be extra careful in terms of your child's each and every need, have to understand their behavior and with extra patience and love you have to deal with your kid. Read Shanna's story of struggle with her 5-year old autistic son Kai and her son's indescribable bond with his service dog Tornado.
#1 Shanna And Story Of Her 5-Year Old Autistic Son Kai
Shanna Neihaus is a doting parent of a 5-year old autistic child Kai. All through his 5 years of growing up, Kai has never allowed anyone to touch him or hold him. Medically Kai has sensory issues because of which he refused any sort of physical contact. According to Dr Anis, "They don’t look in people’s eyes, they won’t hug their parents, and they are hypersensitive to touch and sound."
#2 Posting Her Story On Social Media
Shanna posted her story on a social media page and told the world about her son Kai. According to the young mom, she was moved to tears when her son Kai gladly accepted the embrace of a service dog Tornado. She wrote, "See this moment? I’ve never experienced a moment like this. Yesterday was the first day my 5-year-old autistic son met his new autism service dog, Tornado. We are Americans that live overseas in Japan and have prepared for nearly two years to meet Tornado."
#3 Seeing Kai Finally Accept Someone's Love Was An Emotional And Heartbreaking Moment For Shanna
For Shanna seeing her son rejecting her loving advances on a daily basis was heartbreaking. The simple act of cuddling or holding her child was impossible for her and her heart ached for this. Shanna couldn't believe when her baby willingly accepted Tornado and posted a tearful picture on social media. "This picture captures the face of a mother who saw her child, who she can’t hug, wash, dress, snuggle and touch freely, lay on his new service dog of his own free will, with a purposeful, unspoken attachment. This is the face of a mom who has seen her son experience countless failed social interactions on the playground in an attempt to have a friend."
#4 Her Son's First Meeting With Tornado Shocked Her To The Core
Shanna says when her son first spotted Tornado, he ran towards the dog and hugged him tightly and all this interaction definitely shocked her. "Any friend. Any kind of connection. She has sat with her son while he has cried at night for months because he has no consistent connections outside of the family, no matter how hard he tries and no matter what he works hard on in his autism therapies. It doesn’t transfer to the natural occurring world for him. And now she is sitting behind her son silently watching this moment, with the air sucked from her lungs, and no words to say."
#5 Everything Was Worth The Fight
Seeing her son finally able to interact and rely on someone has eased Shanna's worries a lot. Now she believes her son will be ok and one day if he has to face the world on his own, he will eventually be fine. "It’s worth every fight for services for my son, every diagnosis, every new provider, every dollar spent, every paper filled out, every school meeting, every shed tear, every step forward, every step back, and every wonder of the unknown future. Somehow because of this — because of Tornado — I know everything will be okay. As a mother, I have seen countless challenging and painful moments my son has encountered and cried countless more. Yesterday, however, I cried for a different reason. It is a feeling that is indescribable."