The small steps matter most

Reading to Benny

Reading to Benny

It’s all about the small steps, the progress seen each week no matter how insignificant it may look to an outsider. Benny has brought about so many small breakthroughs with his therapy partner, a little boy living with autism.

Does the child make eye contact with Benny?

Can he focus on another task with the dog very close by?

Can he engage with the dog, perhaps brushing him, taking off his vest, putting it back on?

Can he work on his speech and comprehension with the dog by his side?

This week we went even further and played a game with Benny’s puzzles.

The child put the treat in the spaces and was close enough to touch Benny while he got them. He even gave the command Find Your Cookie Benny.

"Benny, leave it"

“Benny, leave it”

And then the child was able to play his fishing game and Benny was right there touching him. At one point Benny showed what a strong Leave It he has as the toy was put right in front of him!

Benny working his puzzle

Benny working his puzzle

That’s the strength of a very reliable, consistent dog, a beautiful child willing to try things, and an exceptional therapist guiding the session.

Making direct eye contact one boy and one dog

Making direct eye contact one boy and one dog