Last Updated on October 10, 2022 by Pets Feed
Leon Kirby-Bulne was only four years old and life presented him with some difficulties from the start: the child who lives in Andover, Hampshire (UK), has autism. An illness that locked him in his world, made of silences and misunderstandings. Difficult to communicate with him, practically impossible. But there are those who have managed to break this wall of “no words”: in 2017, when Leon was only one year old, his parents Hayley and Karsten brought home Fern, a puppy of only two. month: “It was love at first sight. We saw a sparkle in his eyes: it was the first time”.
This little hairy was able to do something that adults and doctors had not been able to do: “They became inseparable from the first moment – says the mother -. Leon’s first interactions weren’t with us, or with other humans, but with Fern. And now he’s a chatterbox. ”A bond so strong that parents began to call their son“ Mancub ”(“ man’s little one ”) as the protagonist of Mowgli“ The Jungle Child ”is also known .
Thanks to the dog, an autistic child begins to speak
Fern is a female Cocker Spaniel, so naughty when she is responsible for her boyfriend: she loves to have fun and play with him, but also to stand in front of the stairs when Leon is in danger of falling, acting as a cushion on the floor to prevent him from banging his head or calm him down when he has seizures.
Leon’s parents have also created a Facebook page, “Ensemble tout est pawsible” (that is to say “Together everything is possible”, the English word “possible” has been replaced by “pawsible” and “patte” means “patte”), through which they want to share their experience and the importance that a dog can have in the life of a child with autism: “I remember how Leon was before: he was sadly locked in his world, he didn’t did not speak, he did not interact, the seizures were terrible, once he risked choking because he had tried to swallow a shard from his bed – says his mother -. There is nothing to do, for us it is very clear: Leon prefers Fern to us, in any case, it is with Fern that the relationship is deeper ”.
And now this child locked in his world, inside a castle with high and impassable walls, has created a door thanks to Fern through which he transmits his thoughts and words to all who love him.
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