Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
44 Reviews
1234.454555
| 1 ... 3 4 5 |
Write A Review
April 15, 2011

more

April 15, 2011

I was asked to help teach some tricks and special behaviors to two lovely Golden Retrievers (Angel and Molly) who were bred to be placed with families with children with special needs, in particular, those on the Autism spectrum. These dogs and their foster "mom" were such a pleasure to work with, and the founder of the organization was so helpful and supportive--it made the whole experience delightful. I spent many hours working with the dogs and the foster mom, and we saw so much learning and progress on the part of the dogs. I know these dogs will be bringing so much joy and support to people...it gives me great pleasure to know I have been a small part of that process.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observing how members of the public interact with these trained dogs. I see how people gravitate towards them, and how they bring people together.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would just see that they have the resources --funds, space, trainers, foster homes--to do the important work they are doing. There is so much need for this sort of "low-tech" but very compassionate way of re-connecting Autistic children with their family and helping them learn to communicate with the world. Dogs don't judge. They just love! We can all use a lot more of that!! And THESE dogs are super lovers!!

April 14, 2011

more

April 14, 2011

When I first saw the information on the internet about NorthStar, I was a little puzzled about how a dog could help out in a house that had an autistic child living in it. There is litttle doubt that it is a different journey, that takes a lot of patience, understanding and hard work to navigate. I took it upon myself to find out about North Star as my wife had seen Patty on a talk show with a golden retriever that had been placed with an autistic boy. Well we gave it a shot, and we have been very fortunate to have had Buddy come into our lives. He had a great effect on John, as he fulfilled a role of companion that could not be filled by another child. Buddy also became an part of our family, forging a relationship with each of us. John has been living in a residential facility for autistic children for over a year. My wife and I go up to visit him often and of course we take Buddy. When John and Buddy see each other, there is a feeling that distance or time cannot overcome. They are BFF and there is no need for John to vocalize with his limited speech what Buddy means to him. You just have to look at his eyes.
There is no doubt that North Star helped us with its program. There are no guarantees in life that a service dog will help a child with autism or other emotional problems. There is however, always the chance that some good will come. That chance is always worth taking.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having a service dog placed in my home.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get more publicity about it and its mission.

April 14, 2011

more

April 14, 2011

I am Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at the Yale Child Study Center. I met Patty and The North Star Foundation through a colleague. I adopted a dog from Patty, to train as a therapy dog for my patients. There is a lot of medical literature on the benefits of a therapy dog. When it comes to therapy dogs North Star is the best. North Star Foundation’s work is incredibly important. I recommended North Star Foundation without any reservations.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my practice and my home

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask north start to consider therapy dogs not just for Autism but depression also

More feedback...

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

What is unique about this organization?

Very people friendly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 13, 2011

more

April 13, 2011

The dog we got from Northstar has made an amazing difference in the life of our son Dan, who has Asperger's. Tauqua has helped Dan in so many ways, serving as best friend, social intermediary, sleeping companion (pre-Tauqua, Dan could not fall asleep without a parent in the room. Now...no problem), and giving Dan a sense of responsibility that he has embraced. We can't say enough good things about Northstar and Patty Gross.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my son become a more self-confident, happier person

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get Patty some more funding and help so she could serve more families.

April 13, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

more

April 13, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

North Star and Patty are doing a wonderful service.As a grandmother to a wonderfully prescious autisic grandson I know some of the struggles that they go through.The work that everyone does with these children and getting these wonderful dogs to them is opening a new world to the children and the families.Bless you Patty and everyone that is connected to North Star.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This is my first time working with North Star

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of any.

April 13, 2011

more

April 13, 2011

My son Zach was matched with Koda, a NorthStar dog. We are convinced she is an angel! She watches over her boy all day long during his ABA therapy. In turn, Zach has shown us so much pride in feeding his dog and giving her simple commands. They are a real team and the best of friends. Thank you NorthStar!

Photos

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

4 years of service dog assisting our child with autism

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

a little more training in service dog rules or public access for handler/parents

April 13, 2011

more

April 13, 2011

North Star is a wonderful Foundation, I was fortunate to donate a pup for a child with autism, she's made a difference in his life and the family's life, I am very proud to be associated with North Star and Patty. Everyone should read Patty's book for a better understanding of children with autism and their special needs.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

updates

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not

April 13, 2011

more

April 13, 2011

I have been a puppy raiser for Northstar for 6 years. What they do is amazing and it's been nothing but a pleasure to help raise their pups. It makes me so happy when they move on to their family, knowing that they will make a huge different in a childs life. Patty is an incredible person with such a huge heart.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how dogs change help change childrens lives.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not do a thing!

April 12, 2011

more

April 12, 2011

North Star Foundation is a non profit organization that provides service dogs to children with special needs. Autism, Downs Syndrome, and children facing emotional challenges are just a few of the special kids North Star helps.

Our family has seven children from 1 year old to 13 years
old. Two of these children have Autism spectrum disorders and Epilepsy. This dog is specifically to work with our younger daughter. But by giving the older daughter a specific task (grooming), we are training her in a marketable job skill, allowing her to learn to train the dog, and giving her the opportunity to work with an animal that loves her unconditionally. This is vital, as the stresses of the day build up and dogs help release that tension without having to be verbally communicated to!

Many service dog organizations would not place a highly trained service dog with our family due to our large number of children and the degree of disabilities in our family. The dogs most organizations place have been taught 40 or 50 skills, several of them would go to waste on our physically typical children with developmental disabilities. North Star is unique in that they have worked with us to provide a dog that will be both a service dog to our 8 year old, but will also be tolerant of the other children.

The folks at North Star work long and hard to ensure that the special needs of each particular family are met. They talked us through raising funds (which was MUCH easier than I had expected!) what to expect during the process, how to prepare for the arrival and training of the dog. They provide a trainer to work with each family. This is an integral part of the service North Star provides. They take into consideration the specific needs of each child, place the right temperament puppy with the family and then train the dog towards those needs. For example, our family has many small children. The right dog for us needed to be extremely docile, but able to handle a lot of attention. One of my child's special talents is throwing things, so they have made sure to provide us with a dog that likes to play fetch. She is in need of a dog that will patiently weather the sometimes loud tantrums. The trainer works with each family (and child) to see that the dog gets the specialized training that it needs.

North Star Foundation understands children with special needs. We are blessed that they understand the kinds of things that will help children with Autism as they struggle through the complexities of growing up with social and communication difficulties. They train their dogs to be a sort of a 'golden bridge' to society.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The service dog provided by North Star is a God-send! This child will be able to work towards independence. She will be able to weather the storms of life with a faithful companion. Being looked at as different, children with Autism face challenges that others do not when in public. The world is a scary, confusing place. Her dog will be her constant rock, her comforter, the one that loves her no matter what her quirks. She will be able to connect with society when folks ask her about her dog.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase donations to this organization! I think the more donations to North Star Foundations, the more children they can help. They could use more hands - there is always something more that needs to be done!

More feedback...

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

The internet

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Independence and confidence for my children with Autism. Life skills, work ethic, communication and social abilities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 12, 2011

more

April 12, 2011

My son, Jake, has severe autism and was matched with North Star dog, Nomar, at the age of 8. He is now 16, and they are the best of friends. Nomar has been the star of Jake's typed stories, a constant comfort when siblings separate from Jake, a bridge during play dates with other children, and a protector when Jake has been lost. Now, our family has opened a school for children with autism, The I.N.S.P.I.R.E. School for Autism, and Nomar is beloved by all of the children there, where he serves as a transition tool new children, and a reward, comfort and playmate for all.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Reduce cost so more children could benefit with service dog placements.

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers