The caption of this photo touched thousands of people all around the world! When you read this story you will understand why!
This photo was posted online by Shanna Niehaus, the mother of the 5 year old Kainoa. The caption for it touched thousands of people all around the world to the bottom of their hearts and it will touch your heart too.
“Do you see this moment? I have never experienced a moment like this. Yesterday was the first day my 5-year old autistic son met his new Autism Service Dog called Tornado. We are Americans that live overseas in Japan and also have prepared for nearly 2 years to meet Tornado”.
This photo captures the face of a mother who saw her child, who she can not hug, wash, dress, snuggle, and also touch, freely lay on his new service dog of his own free will, with a purposeful, unspoken attachment.
This is the face of a mom who saw her son experience countless failed social interactions on the playground in an attempt to have a friend. Any friend at all. A connection of any kind. She has sat with her son while he has cried at night for months because he has no consistent connections outside of his family, no matter how hard he tries and also no matter what he works hard on in his autism therapies. It just does not transfer to the natural occurring world for him.
And now she is sitting behind her precious son silently watching this incredible moment. She is sitting with the air sucked from her lungs, and no words to say anything at all!
“It is worth every fight for services for my son. It is worth every diagnosis, every new provider, also every dollar spent, every paper filled out, every school meeting, every shed tear, every step forward, every step back, and every wonder of the unknown future. Somehow because of this, because of Tornado, I know everything will be okay somehow. As a mother, I saw countless challenging and also really painful moments my son has encountered and cried countless more. Yesterday, however, I cried for a completely different reason. It is a feeling that is completely indescribable”.