Rick, Laura, and their son Elliot have been running a Natural Play Program for several years. In their journey they have come to find a deeper level of acceptance and joy for the family they have. Elliot is a fun, loving guy who is here to teach us and change the world!
Rick and Laura created their first website about their program called Elliot's Room as a way to look for new team members and volunteers for their home program.
As part of their program, they decided a Service Dog would be a great fit for their family. They created Will Work For Dog, a website designed to raise funds for their quest.
Once their dog ("Orbit") came, they were so moved by the experience, they wanted to help other families through the process of deciding if a dog would be a good fit for their family. They learned so much and wanted to share it all! That's when Good Dog Autism Companions was born. Read some teasers from each of their sites below and visit their sites to learn more!
A snippet from www.ElliotsRoom.com
Elliot’s Play Sessions
Five days a week Elliot typically spends 6 hours playing with his therapy friends. Each volunteer or “play therapist” works with Elliot for a two hour block of time. We find two hours to be the ideal amount of time for each play therapist, allowing them to maintain optimal focus and energy. Play sessions are often filled with jumping, running, playing, being silly and creative. It is an ideal amount of time for Elliot too as every two hours he has the chance to interact with someone new. Each person brings a different energy to their interaction with Elliot. In this way, he receives the benefit of learning to interact with a variety of people.
A snippet from www.WillWorkForDog.com
“A Present? For me? How Smart.”
11 am came quicker than I expected. Rick went to Lowe’s for a pooper-scooper shovel and I asked him to stop at Starbucks to get me a well-needed dose of caffeine. We left the front door open when he returned and before we knew it, there he was -- Orbit the dog was at our front door! I yelled into the family room, “Orbit is here.” I expected that Elliot would do his usual mosey to the front door... or not. But, he rounded that corner quickly -- Elliot rarely moves quickly. Cautiously and eagerly, Elliot approached Orbit and with a huge smile, reached down and petted him on the top of his head. E’s interest and smile lasted way longer than I would have ever expected. It was a great start to Orbit Friday!
A snippet from www.GoodDogCompanions.org
Get A Good Dog!
Our process is designed to make sure that each canine companion is perfectly matched and personally trained for your family and special child. Our training philosophy calls for rigid standards toward developing the bonding between a child and his/her dog. Our mission is to be there for families starting at the inquiry stage, through the training period of both dog and family, and throughout the life of their Good Dog!