Dog Gives Mom of Autistic Child an Amazing Gift

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Autism is a very difficult disease to have.  Not just for the person with autism, but also their loved ones.  Depending on where someone falls on the autism spectrum, symptoms can range from ones that if you weren’t a doctor with a specialty in autism you’d never notice them, all the way up to some pretty extreme emotional and behavioral disorders.

Joey Granados was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome.  It is a higher functioning form of autism, but still has very noticeable symptoms.  As one could imagine, getting this news from doctors was a tough thing for Joey’s mom, Amanda.

With Asperger’s, a severe dislike of physical contact is common.  Sometimes, physical contact with someone with Asperger’s can result in violent outlashing.  Behavior and social skills don’t come easy to those with Asperger’s, and for some can be the worst part of all.

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The worst part of any of this, for Amanda at least, was that she couldn’t have that physical contact with her son.  To never really be able to kiss, cuddle or love your child like every good mother wants to by nature is crippling to some, and can cause long term damage mentally and emotionally speaking.

Amanda thought that it was just going to be an impossibility.  That is until a few months ago when someone new came into Joey’s life.  This someone’s name was Roxy.  She was tall, had a silly disposition and was covered in gray fur.  That’s right, Roxy is a dog.

“I get emotional thinking about it,” said Amanda in an interview.  “For all those years, he wouldn’t hold my hand, he wouldn’t hug me — it was all part of the autism — but this dog has taught him how to give and show affection.  He holds my hand now!  He hugs me!  The first time I got a kiss on the cheek was when Roxy came home.”

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Joey is now 14, and things do seem to be getting a bit easier for him.  He gives the credit to Roxy, his best friend, for showing him how to love, and for helping him to pick up on those social cues that those with Aspergers’ just seem to have so much trouble with.

“I didn’t have too many friends growing up, but then we got Roxy and I’ve been able to make friends ever since,” said Joey.  “At home, I’ve been able to hold my mom’s hand, kiss her, hug her and do a lot of things that I hadn’t been able to do growing up.  She’s opened up my heart.”

Thanks to the incredible power of love and friendship, Roxy has taught Joey many things that without her, he might have never known.

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17 thoughts on “Dog Gives Mom of Autistic Child an Amazing Gift”

    • Kathy…….pit bulls are incredible loving dogs. It’s all in how they are trained. Blame the irresponsible owners not the dogs. Thanks

    • obviously pit bulls are loving and caring sweet dogs. this dog Roxy changed this boys life. and it is a pit bull. not all pit bulls are mean and aggressive. it is a stupid stereotype because people are irresponsible and don’t know how to care for dogs. You can’t blame a dog for being aggressive most of the time. Yes, some dogs are born just naturally being more aggressive, but MOST of the time dogs become aggressive only because people don’t know how to care for them. If someone has a dog and treats them with disrespect and they neglect the dog and don’t care for them properly or in worst cases, abuse, the dog picks up on that and lashes back with aggressiveness. Dogs can sense your emotion towards them and if you are mean to them, they’ll have a more aggressive personality. With that being said, most pit bulls are not what everyone thinks they are. Its just stereotypes. There are many many other dogs that can be aggressive, but you don’t see people shaming them like Great Danes, Boxers, Alaskan Malamutes, Huskies, Bull Mastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers. Yes, all of these dogs tend to be more aggressive than dogs like Golden Retrievers or Labradors, but all dogs can be aggressive. So stop shaming pit bulls. Because a lot of the time pit bulls are smart, sweet, and loving dogs who only need a home just as much as any other dog in the pound. Get to know pit bulls before you judge them, rather than just listening to the stories you hear.

  1. My grandson has Aspergers and I make sure I ask “permission” before hugging him. He is 15, 6′ tall and smart as can be. He attends a STEM school and that has been the best thing for him.


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