This is Kate. She has autism. That's okay, though; because she has Oakley, too. Oakley makes autism easier on Kate. He's kind of like a cane or a wheelchair or even a best friend, and how all of those things make life a little easier for someone who needs them. I could go into detail about what Oakley does for Kate but I've done that here and here. This time I would simply like to let you know that this little dream team is rocking school. In fact, I'll share a little conversation I had with Kate regarding school last night.
Me: It's time for bed, Kate.
Kate: How much more sweeps afore I see Mrs.M?
Me: Just one, kiddo.
Kate: No, I fink dat's too wong!
Sure, schools can be both a sensory and social nightmare for kids on the spectrum but it looks like Miss Kate and her team (including a fabulous teacher and educational assistant) have been managing just fine.
On a different note; check out the next issue of Canadian Dogs (Coming in November) to see Kate and NSD Oakley featured. Get yours fast because I'll probably buy the whole rack!
Grace and Kate's mom. (Shanell)