Conor and Peyton are literally attached at the hip. For the first time ever, this school district is allowing an autism service puppy, Peyton, who is specifically trained to help Conor through the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). The service poodle helps to create social interaction and helps to calm Conor which prevents or mitigates melt downs resulting from things like sensory overload.

The last seven years have not been easy for Conor, but thanks to Peyton he is more able to cope and seems comfortable and content at school, according to Caroline Kelner, a life skills teacher. It’s also worthwhile to note that as a result of this project, time was set aside to inform all students about service dogs and autism.

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