Very recently, Amor was so afraid of dogs…or anything furry that moves :-). As she expressed her fear of dogs we would encounter at the playground, I was reminded of that look on her toddler face when she would hear and fear the hand dryer or vacuum cleaner or even an electric toothbrush. She had hearing sensory issues as a toddler.
When doggy Yuki first visited us, Amor screamed and locked herself up in one of the rooms just to stay away from Yuki. Despite such fears, I though it would be a good idea to doggy-sit Yuki. I was sure we could help Amor manage her fears. To do so we did everything we learned from the The Son-Rise Program®
We explained to her that doggy Yuki was going to be with us for a few days, making everything as predictable as possible for her.
We respected her “no” and kept the dog far away from her when she was expressing discomfort.
We kept inviting her to try again. We celebrated tiny attempt she made to inch closer to the dog, and respected her “no” when she was not ready.
I kept a positive attitude that Amor would be ok…in fact great. She has always been able to conquer all her challenges and fears, I was sure this was going to be another one she would check off her list.
Sure enough, it didn’t take too long for Amor to overcome her fear of dogs. Yuki has only been with us for a week. Amor was friends with her on the third day! This morning, Amor was throwing a ball and getting Yuki to fetch it for her several times as she giggled as Yuki run about.
In this photo Amor was asking Yuki to give her paw 🙂
Son-Rise has always been the best way to help my kids (autism, GDD or even neurotypical) to overcome many challenges with so much ease and pleasure and in such a short amount of time.