The Caption to This Photo Touched Thousands of People All Around the World
Shanna Niehaus is the mother of five-year-old Kainoa. She posted this photo online and once people read the caption, it quickly began going viral. A very moving moment was captured here, and the internet has indeed been touched.
Here is the very moving caption which accompanies the photo:
“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.
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. 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.
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.”
No doubt it is hard for many people to relate to being a mom and not being able to even hug your own child out of concerns that they can have a panic attack. It turns out that kids with autism have a very hard time connecting with people around them. Dogs however, can provide a special connection that humans can’t.
Some dogs are specially trained to be with autistic children. When a panic attack occurs, the dog can calm the child down. They will look after the child, as well as alert the parents to what is going on. Socializing with dogs is much easier for the autistic child who develops differently than other children. While it is not an illness and it doesn’t have some magic cure, the challenges with autism can be managed a lot easier with a specially trained dog present in the household.
Share this wonderful photo and very moving caption with all of your friends and family to spread awareness of autism, as well as the incredible benefits that dogs can have on autistic children.