Terri and Ken Wible were looking for help for their daughter, Adriana, when they got an autism service dog.
Adriana, 10, could have overwhelming emotions when stressed by the sensory overload that plagues people with austim disorders. She’d have angry outbursts, sometimes violent. The Wibles, of Lee’s Summit, were isolated, avoiding public situations that were difficult for their daughter.
No injuries were reported in the collapse near Blue Parkway and Chipman Road, but about 75 percent of the stand's inventory got wet and can't be sold.
The stand had only been open for a few hours when the storm came through. Paws for Autism, a group that pairs children with autism service dogs, runs the tent.
Co-founder Terri Wible said five volunteers and three service dogs were in the tent when it collapsed.
"We were inside and had finally gotten all the flaps down on the tent and it was a heavy rain, there was wind, we were just trying to ride out the storm. All of a sudden, there was a huge gust of wind and half of it just came crashing down," Wible said.
Paws 4 Autism uses the stand to raise money. It's the organization's top fundraiser for the year, and the loss of the fireworks inventory will hurt.
Organizers said they hope they'll be able to salvage some of the fireworks.
Read more: http://www.kmbc.com/news/Paws-4-Austim-able-to-salvage-fireworks-fundraiser/26808180#ixzz39izQLNEq
WE ARE WILL CHECK BACK WITH HIM WHEN THE FIREWORKS BEGIN THEY ARE SHOW. A FUNDRAISER BEGAN WITH AN OMINOUS START. STORMS DID SOME MAJOR DAMAGE TO THIS STAND LAST WEEKEND. LUCKILY, THEY WERE ABLE TO CONTINUE SELLING FIREWORKS. MATT EVANS EXPLAINS HOW THE MONEY IS MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR KIDS. THIS FIREWORKS STAND FUNDRAISER FOR THE GROUP PAWS FOR AUTISM ALMOST ENDED BEFORE IT BEGAN. THE SEVERE STORMS KNOCKED DOWN THE STAND IN LEE'S SUMMIT A WEEK AGO, RUINING ALMOST THEIR ENTIRE SUPPLY. YRKS WE NEED PUBLIC SUPPORT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. MAJORITY OF OF SERVICES WITH AUTISM IS NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE. WHENEVER YOUR CHILD HAS AN ISSUE, WHETHER THEY DON'T HAVE ISSUES, YOU WANT THE BEST FOR THEM. BETH'S SON JUSTIN HAS AUTISM AND TODAY GOT SOME VERY GOOD NEWS. RELIEF FOR JUSTIN. THAT PROCESS ISN'T AN EASY ONE. THE DOGS HAVE TO TRAIN FOR MORE THAN A YEAR AND THAT COULD END UP COSTING MORE THAN $10,000, EVEN THOUGH THAT'S TIME AND MONEY, THE EFFORT IS WORTH IT. I LOVE SEEING THE KIDS PROGRESS. BUT MY REAL PAYCHECK IS WHEN I SEE THAT LOOK OF HOPE BACK IN THE PARENTS' EYES. MATT EVANS KMBC 9 NEWS.
AUGUST 07, 2014 (LINK TO PLANETDOG FOUNDATION)Paws 4 Autism Helps Kids with Autism and Their Families to Connect to the WorldBy: Ian McCracken
Paws 4 Autism is giving children with autism something very special: a 4-legged friend to connect them to the world.
Terri Wible, Executive Director and Co-Founder with her husband, Ken, of Paws 4 Autism, are providing children with autism and their families a chance to live a more fulfilling future. Their special program assists with children's peer interactions and improves their social integration in their schools and communities.
Her program, Canine Assisted Social Skills in Education (CASSIE), provides social skills training with the help of a service dog. Targeting children between the ages of six and 14, CASSIE provides a small group setting for students to play with their peers and learn how to operate in settings both in and out of the classroom.
The primary skills addressed include raising one’s hand to ask a question, keeping conversation on topic, recognizing feelings through body language, speaking with appropriate voice volume, showing good sportsmanship, and exhibiting expected classroom behaviors. Terri, a special education teacher, autism specialist, and dog trainer, knows what it takes to work with autistic children. In fact, the disorder is a very real a part of her life.
Ken and Terri’s daughter, Adriana, was originally diagnosed with Educational Autism in March of 2010. Two months later, the official medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder was administered.
Adriana came to the co-founders through the foster care system. She suffered from attachment issues and her new parents both realized she would need additional services. Startling enough, she was not behind in her academics. In fact, she was excelling in several areas. Because of her academic success, Adriana could not qualify for additional services. What she could not control was the random displays of anger and emotion when sensory overload struck.
Refusing to accept the circumstances, Terri and her husband took the challenge head on: the idea behind Paws 4 Autism was born. Fundraising received almost immediate results with several corporations providing assistance. In no time, Paws 4 Autism was a recognized non-profit in Missouri.
Adriana’s dog, Grady, has learned to notice her elevated anxiety levels to help calm her down when outbursts may arise. Grady has also improved Adriana’s social skills, allowing her to make friends with her classmates. Read more about Adriana in the Lee’s Summit Journal.
Addressing Needs of the Future
For autistic children today, the future is often a grey area with questions concerning occupation, independence, and health. Terri and Ken, however, are opening the doors to many new opportunities.
Coupled with the CASSIE Program is the Job Skills Training Program. For those children that stick with CASSIE and graduate, they will have the option to continue on with the future program and gain canine related employment training. Students who complete the program will also receive assistance in finding paid or volunteer employment opportunities.
Areas of expertise the Job Skills Training Program addresses include technical skills for providing jobs in shelters, doggie day cares, boarding kennels, grooming facilities, and veterinarian offices. These skills and communication skills, however, can transcend the dog and animal related industries and place them in jobs that they will operate just as effectively.
Paws 4 Autism helps autistic children learn new skills, be more confident and prepares them to find a job to further their development. The Planet Dog Foundation is happy to provide them with a $7,500 grant to support the CASSIE and Job Skills Training Program.
Paws 4 Autism has several other programs to learn about that have helped children at various points on the spectrum. To learn more about our partnership with Paws 4 Autism and what we do, visit the Planet Dog Foundation page.
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