James, a nine-year-old boy, and Mahe, a Labrador assistance dog trained by Assistance Dogs New Zealand specifically for children facing challenges, are inseparable.
James is diagnosed with autism. He is unable to speak and cannot tolerate others touching him. Actually, the boy is even unable to make eye contact with his family. However, the visual communication with Mahe isn’t a problem.
Practically, the Labrador is with James all the time to keep him out of danger and make sure the boy feels comfortable and safe. As Mahe is trained to easily calm James down, the presence of the dog in situations James finds stressful is of vital importance.
H/t Express, Featured Image c/o Louise Goossens/Assistance Dogs New ZealandOriginal article: http://barkpost.com/good/lab-protects-boy-with-autism-in-hospital/