A wonderful experience from Veronica, whose son, Isaiah has autism, with their SDIT, Shaggy!
“Hi Laurie! I am so happy today I just had to share my story. I have been very nervous about taking my son’s SDIT out with us alone because of the fear of stares and other negative comments. We have only taken him to Dairy Queen once, but that was months ago. I decided to just go out and do it today – so I got Shaggy and Isaiah and we went walking to Family Dollar. To my surprise, it was a piece of cake!! Because of Isaiah’s autism, he tends to run or wander off and it is difficult at times to go to the store. When crossing the street, I would have Shaggy get in a “sit” position first and then we would cross. As soon as we entered the store, there was a little girl crying – and this is one of the things that sets off my son into a terrible meltdown and we have to deal with biting, kicking, and screaming – but I had Shaggy sit right next to Isaiah, touching him, and kept telling him it was ok – and Isaiah didn’t even cry! To make a long story short we went in and out of the store with no meltdowns!! WOW! One of the cashiers even looked at us and gave a friendly smile. Now I am actually excited to go to the store again!
AND WE ARE SO PROUD AND EXCITED FOR YOU, VERONICA, ISAIAH, AND SHAGGY!