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Landon Service Dog

Organized by: Julie Hoover

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THE STORY:

Hello, My name is Landon Hoover, and I am 7 years old. I live in League City, TX with my mom, dad, and brother Dylan. I am writing you, today, to tell you a little about myself and why I need your help. I was born on Aug 15, 2008 in Houston, TX. When my mother took home, I became a big part of my parents lives. Things changed for me at the age of 3. It was two weeks after I got shots that everything begin change inside of me. I started not wanting to play with other kids. I would spend a lot of my time playing by myself and would only play with certain things. I started not liking to talk, and I did not like looking at people in the eye. I also could never sit still and became very upset and frustrated at sounds. It made me upset the way food tasted, and I didn't like to weir cloths. My mom thought this was not right, so she took me to a doctor that told her that I had ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). The doctor put me on some medication to help with this. The doctor told my mom that it would be a good idea to put me in play therapy to help me learn to look at people in the eye and learn how to play. I started that, and after just two times of going the therapist, she told my mother she thought that I might have autism. So, with the help of my daycare and my mother, I was tested for autism. My mother was told that I have Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not otherwise Specified. Psychologists and psychiatrists sometimes use the term PDD-NOS, another term used to explain kids have behaviors and traits that fall on under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Like all forms of autism, PDD-NOS can occur in conjunction with a wide spectrum of intellectual ability. Its defining features are significant challenges in social and language development. Some developmental health professionals refer to PDD-NOS as "sub threshold autism." In other words, it’s the diagnosis they use for someone who has some but not all characteristics of autism or who have relatively mild symptoms. For instance, a person may have significant autism symptoms in one core area such as social deficits, but mild symptoms in another core area such as restricted, repetitive behavior. The doctors also told me mother that I have anxiety and sensory processing disorder (SPD). This is where my brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. Some of the problems I have are sitting still through a half hour lesson and disrupting my class. I often seem distracted and don’t pay attention. I get upset switching from one activity to another. I meltdown during assemblies and have to leave the area. I have trouble handling the information my senses take in like sound, touch, taste, sight and smell. I am unable to tolerate bright lights and loud noises, I refuse to wear cloths, I am distracted by background noises, and I run off, or bolt when I am overwhelmed to get away from whatever is distressing me. I also have extreme meltdowns when I get overwhelmed. Like many others who are autistic, I live in a world that is separate from everyone else's; deep inside my own head. It’s a world that is hard for others to understand, including my family and friends. For my love ones, my diagnosis can be a whirlwind of misunderstandings and lack of answers. People often do not quite knowing how to communicate effectively with me. So fast-forward 4 years later, and I have found with the help of therapist, doctors, and family I am living a great life. I am one of about 15 in the world that has these problems that has made a gymnastics team, and I love it. It helps me stay focused, helps get out my energy, and helps with my sensory issues. There are some habits that I have picked up over the last few years that have my doctors and parents worried. I pick my skin and it causes my body to get staff infections. I now have to bath in bleach almost every night. I also take so much medication to stay asleep, that when the fire alarm goes off, I don't wake up. For the last year my mother and doctors have been talking about getting me a service dog to help me with many areas that I still need support with. They feel like the dog will help with my anxiety meltdowns. They feel the dog will help me not run off in stores and help me have a friend. My mother found a company called A Pawsitive Approach Dog Training (Dorchick's Assistance Dogs) in Santa Fe, TX that can help me. I have gone on two outing with them, my parents, and the trainer. They all feel like this is a great fit and idea for me. My mom has done fundraising and applied for some grants, but we have only been able to come up with about $3,000.00 so far. The dog is going to be a total of $15,000.00. I need help! We are asking for help because without it I can’t get the dog. I know this is asking a lot of people to do, but I really feel like this dog will be great for me. It will take about a year to train the dog, and the dog will be able to sense when I am about to have a meltdown. It will also be able to wake me up to the fire alarm, and help me not pick my skin. I am also happy to have a friend because it is very hard for me to make friends. I am asking that you make the check out to Dorchuck's Assistance Dogs and send it to 4107 Twin Drive East Santa Fe TX 77510. Please say it is for Landon Hoover's dog. I have also attached some information about the program and information from my doctor so that you can get a better understanding of the situation. I wanted to thank you for taking the time out to read about me and support me in this journey. I hope you can find a way to donate to this GREAT cause. Thank you Landon Hoover

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