autism assistance dog for conor

helping conor in a furry and cuddly way

“Things will go as they will and there is no need to hurry to meet them”

on May 17, 2014



As Conor moves down his own river at his own pace, it once again is difficult to try not to put a motor on his canoe to make it go faster. I always feel like it’s a race against time to get him to communicate more with his peers and get him up to speed on everything he does at school, home and in social settings. I know it gets harder the older he gets to “catch up”. So where do they sell those power boat motors?

Needless to say, Conor goes at his own speed, and thankfully he is moving forward. Sometimes at a faster rate than at other times, but forward all the same. I am grateful for that. 

Peyton has been a tremendous blessing to Conor and our family. Each time I go to school I hear some kiddo say “there’s Conor and Peyton!”. Conor gets a big goofy grin on his face and bounces down the hall with his buddy. One of the great things about Peyton being at school is that it gets kids and adults talking about autism. Not many knew what was up with Conor and why he wouldn’t talk to anyone. It broke my heart seeing kids trying to engage with Conor and when he didn’t respond they gave up and looked like they thought Conor was being rude and not talking to them. Now everyone knows that Peyton is there to help Conor in many ways including communication. Kids are curious about autism and thankfully ask a lot of questions. Conor is gaining a lot more confidence, and Peyton is helping bridge the gap between a “kid with special needs” and a “kid who gets to bring his dog to school and needs extra help talking”. 

Still want that power boat motor though….



One response to ““Things will go as they will and there is no need to hurry to meet them”

  1. Karin Schuetze says:

    Love your postings Shelly. So many positives happening with Conor! So glad that having Peyton is increasing autism awareness. Kids need to know about autism so that they know how to help and not be afraid to help. I think many times when people don’t understand someone, they tend to back away. But when people understand, they come together. Beautiful message Shelly!

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