Dad’s joy as non-verbal daughter says first words after bonding with therapy dog

A devoted dad has told of his joy when his non-verbal autistic daughter spoke for the first time after bonding with an adorable therapy pup.

Steven Chilvers, 42, and his wife Dawn, 48, realised their daughter Emily wasn’t hitting her milestones at the same pace as her twin sister, Olivia.

At two-and-a-half years old, Emily was diagnosed with autism.

Steven said: “They are seven now, but comparing the twins’ development, it was obvious quite early on that there was something a little bit different with Emily.

After an assessment concluded little Emily was autistic, Steven and Dawn were pleased they had a diagnosis and could start looking into therapies to help their daughter.

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