A fundraiser has been launched to provide a young boy from Eastbourne with an assistance dog, to help him with his autism.

Four year old Oliver Geall, has autistic spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder and is non-verbal.

His mother, Vickie Rolfe, wants to raise £6500 to pay for an Autism Life Dog.

Vickie said:

“They [autism life dogs] are trained in a special therapy way where they can help with repetitiveness which can encourage their speech for children like Oliver.

“We went up to London and we met with one of the first dogs that was trained called Nutmeg, and he [Oliver] responded so well.

“He even managed to hold onto the lead and walk, which for Oliver is massive because normally he runs anywhere.”

A team of specialists at the Autism Life Dogs charity in London train the dogs.

They teach them various games and activities to help develop children’s physical, cognitive, life and social skills.

They’re also trained to support speech and language development, social interaction, and reduce anxieties and challenging behaviours.

Vickie is organising a ‘fun day’ fundraiser in August.

It will be taking place at the Sussex Downs Sports Centre in Eastbourne.

You can support Oliver’s cause by visiting their Gofundme page.

Photo Credit: Nick Davies