"Puzzle" Is Aiden's Furry Miracle

Parents who have kids with autism will tell you they're always looking for that therapy or treatment that's the right fit for their child. Sometimes what they find even surprises them.

Three-year-old Aiden Price is a pre-schooler in Duplin County working through autism. His parents discovered one way to help their son learn and progress was with the help of a service dog.

"Puzzle" is a golden doodle and accompanies Aiden everywhere, including at school.

While no one can put their finger on exactly what the dog does -- they see a result.

Aiden's parents Sara and Adam say they've seen remarkable progress in him since they got the service dog- including speech development.

Teacher Gina Hardy says "Puzzle' also helps Aiden stay focused. "When we have our little group, circle time, Aiden could not sit in a chair for over, about 30 seconds. He will sit the whole time during circle time and he pays attention more."

"Puzzle," who's from Highland Canine Training in Harmony, North Carolina, has turned into a furry miracle on four legs - constantly at Aiden's side, leading him down a more focused path - one step at a time.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM
    grand daughter is autistic and she attends public pre-K school. the teachers seem to have a problem understanding about autistic children. my grand daughter has a small level of autisum, she has only had a couple of bad days at school, teachers don't understand her not being able to sit still for long. I wish more schools would train the teachers about autistic children. they want to have as normal of life as they can, but if the teachers don't help then the other children won't try either. I think it is wonderful about Puzzle and Aiden. Wonderful news for a change.
  • by Dawg on Nov 4, 2011 at 09:58 AM
    Great story. Wish the news had more stories like this one.
  • by m Location: Greenville on Nov 4, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    This story impacted me as well. My brother has high-functioning autism and his cat has been a very important part of his life. He has a connection with her that the rest of us can't seem to make.
  • by Kim Location: Beulaville on Nov 4, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    Awesome Story!!
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Nov 4, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    What a wonderful article. I have friends with one autistic child, and another who is not. They cope as well as they can, but the autistic child is able to attend school, is included in family outings, etc. and even likes a pool (holds breath, goes under water, looks around, comes up again). He has had some mentoring, on and off. There are different levels of autism. He is one of the happy and active ones, thankfully. Wonder how much the dog costs, and if there is funding provided for obtaining one?
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Nov 3, 2011 at 05:26 PM
    Great Story
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