Super Cat Helps Young Girl Overcome Her Sensory Processing Disorder
Pets| | By Jason Owen
We all know that humans and animals share incredible bonds. Sometimes these bonds are obvious, but other times they’re almost impossible to explain. Take, for instance, the story in the video below, in which a cat helps a young girl overcome a rare sensory disorder.
Meet Karina, a young girl who has sensory processing disorder (SPD), which means she struggles responding to sensory cues. As WebMD puts it, “Some people with sensory processing disorder are oversensitive to things in their environment.” For example, “Common sounds may be painful or overwhelming.” It can also cause a person to be “uncoordinated” and bump into things. SPD is commonly seen in developmental conditions like autism spectrum disorder.
For Karina, a symptom of her SPD causes difficulties in her transition to warmer weather. That’s where Jack-Jack the cat came in.
Jack-Jack was adopted by Karina’s family from Paws for Life rescue, a non-profit animal rescue. Jack-Jack is specially trained to help Karina overcome her SPD. Jack-Jack’s purrs can help sooth Karina, and the young girl can scratch beneath Jack-Jack’s chin to help herself calm down. When the two met, they formed an instant bond.
Watch the heartwarming video below and be sure to SHARE Jack-Jack and Karina’s amazing story with your friends.