6-Year-Old Boy with Autism Finds Confidence and Friendship Thanks to Service Dog

April 3, 2015 3:25 PM

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For 6-year-old Mark Fontana and many children with autism, developing independence, confidence, and social acceptance is an overwhelming challenge, felt acutely by both the child and family. In scarier moments, these kids can wander away from their families.

Enter Echo, a service dog from the Heeling Autism program at Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which pairs autistic children with fluffy companions to help minimize the sense of isolation these kids feel due to struggles with verbal communication and interpersonal connections.

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