An assistance dog is….

A visual representation of how Isla’s ADNZ Assistance Dog Bo helps her on a daily basis. Feel free to share.

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Published by Sara Stythe

Hi my name is Sara Stythe and I am a mum of 3 beautiful girls. This is a place to share knowledge, resources and information I have learnt along the way on this unexpected journey with our unique youngest daughter. Isla is missing a tiny bit of her 2nd chromosome (2q23.1 Microdeletion Syndrome, recently known as MAND) causing autism, epilepsy and development delay. If you would like to receive my new blog posts by email you can subscribe. Thank you

2 thoughts on “An assistance dog is….

  1. Hi Sara! What an awesome way to record memories with Isla and I can see Bo is an amazing friend, loyal companion and soul mate to Isla. I am so happy for you that Bo is has become a valued member of your family and I can see he has made such a difference in your lives. Well done you for working so hard to make this happen. I love your new website and am always grateful to be able to read your posts and share similar experiences. My daughter, Molly who is 13 has just started college in a Supported Learning Centre where she is getting all the help she needs – finally – but Primary education was so hard and a constant struggle. Molly has a micro-deletion of 7q and has similar characteristics to Isla so I always find it very helpful to read about experiences raising a child with a chromosome deletion and the balance of juggling raising children with different needs. You are an amazing mum and advocate for Isla! 🙂


  2. HI there Beth. Glad you found our website. Thank you for commenting…is hard to know whether I am reaching anyone so always nice to get feedback. Isla is growing up fast….she will be 9 years old in January but seems much younger with her interests still very much like a preschooler. I can’t imagine what she will be like at 13 ! I’m glad Molly is now well supported. There are so many children that aren’t unfortunately and is hard to get the right fit. Isla is very happy now in her Satellite Class and is learning at her own pace. Sara x


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