A bell ringing. Children laughing. A dog barking. All of these sounds that are a part of everyday life were an unknown mystery to Ty, for the majority of his young life. And what was worse, despite numerous tests, doctor visits and procedures, the fact that he profoundly deaf was only recently uncovered.
From birth Ty faced challenges and struggles that would seem insurmountable – failure to thrive, slow development, inability to speak, severe allergies, lack of age-appropriate social skills and interactions with others.
Visits with an army of physicians, specialists, nutritionists and healers brought some relief but failed to uncover the root cause of this young boy’s struggles.
Early diagnoses ran the gamut from autism, to retardation, cerebral palsy, even brain damage. Despite all the tests and treatments, Ty remained a smiling little boy, eager to love and to join the world he saw, but could not fully belong in.
Special schools, tutors, teaching assistants supplemented the efforts of Ty’s loving family and friends to make life as “normal” as possible for him. And yet, despite all of this, a very large piece of the puzzle was still missing.
A last ditch effort to test Ty’s hearing through brain wave reactions finally yielded the long sought answer – Ty was profoundly deaf! It was described as not being able to hear the engines of a jet, while standing next to the plane! And the only course of action was bilateral cochlear implants, involving two separate surgeries.
As the world of hearing miraculously unfolded for Ty, another set of challenges awaited – reactions from peers to the very visible attachments on his head. As kids can often be, these ranged from curiosity to teasing to avoidance.
Having a specially trained service dog would provide benefits for Ty on many, many levels. Not only would this become a special confidant, providing a sense of security and self-confidance, it would also greatly increase Ty’s socialization skills.
Working with, and caring for, this “forever friend” would increase Ty’s feelings of independance and self-worth, and provide great opportunities to increase and improve his speech.
Most importantly, having a service dog would reinforce to Ty what a special boy he is and what joy he brings to those around him.
We appreciate your help in making this joy a reality for Ty!
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WAGS 4 Kids
112 East Center Street
Berea, OH 44017
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