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Family seeks smart pup to help autistic son

HELP SOUGHT: Local Gladstone mum Tamara Standley is hoping to raise $15,000 for an all-access assistance dog for her autistic son, Chase.
HELP SOUGHT: Local Gladstone mum Tamara Standley is hoping to raise $15,000 for an all-access assistance dog for her autistic son, Chase. PAUL Braven

CHASE Standley loves planes, cars and running around.

He has a collection of 20 hats - and he loves choosing which one to wear every day.

He's the picture of a healthy little boy.

And Tamara Standley wants nothing more than for her son to lead a normal life.

But over Christmas the four-year-old boy - who was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder when he was two - was also recently diagnosed with an intellectual disability.

"Two days before Christmas we found out through a letter he had an intellectual disability," Mrs Standley said.

"It was pretty devastating and hard for us."

But she and her husband Cameron are determined not to give up.

They are trying to buy an all-access assistance smart pup that can be by Chase's side wherever he goes.

The Labradors are granted public access everywhere and are trained from eight weeks old to be a permanent member of the family.

The dogs go to school, shops and even swimming lessons with the child.

"Assistance dogs are seizure response dogs. They interrupt repetitive behaviour by playing with the child and they are a friend forever," Mrs Standley said.

The Standley family needs help to raise $15,000 in order to buy a pup.

If you would like to donate to Charity 4 Chase, head to http://www.gofundme.com/jzpzmk or email laura.mckee@gladstoneobserver.com.au.

WHAT IS A SMART PUP?

  • Trained to find the child using their keen sense of smell
  • Trained to touch or nudge a child to disrupt repetitive behaviours
  • Trained to snuggle and/or lick their child if the child is upset. This prevents the child's reaction from escalating

Topics:  autism crowd funding intellectual disability smart pup



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