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.