Little Boy With Nonverbal Autism Breaks Into Huge Smile When He’s Given A New Puppy

A little boy with autism got a sweet gift from his parents to help home cope as the quarantine for COVID-19 continues on. His dad, Carl Morrison, posted an adorable video of Hayden and his new puppy on Twitter, and it has since gone viral.

Hayden is a four-year-old boy with nonverbal autism who lives in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. He has been having a rough time during the quarantine in Northern Ireland. His usual routines have been disrupted and there’s no concrete time set that he will be able to go back to those routines.

“He was used to going to school every day, going to both sets of grandparents on set days,” Carl told the DailyMail. “He would go to the park or go swimming, so he got very frustrated being stuck in the house. He was having a lot of meltdowns.”

Photo: Twitter/Carl Morrison

His parents came up with a way to cheer him up and help him in the long run: by getting him a golden retriever puppy they named Marley.

Photo: Facebook/Zara Bullion

In the video, the puppy is brought to the car window next to Hayden. Hayden lights up when he sees the puppy, and reaches out a hand to take one furry paw.

Photo: Twitter/Carl Morrison

Then Marley is gently placed onto Hayden’s lap, and Hayden seems awed by the cuddly pup.

Photo: Twitter/Carl Morrison

The two new friends snuggle while Hayden grins.

Photo: Twitter/Carl Morrison

“Since we have got the dog he has settled a lot better and has fewer meltdowns now,” Carl told DailyMail.

Photo: Twitter/Carl Morrison

Watch this sweet interaction in this video!


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C. Dixon likes to read, sing, eat, drink, write, and other verbs. She enjoys cavorting around the country to visit loved ones and experience new places, but especially likes to be at home with her husband, son, and dog.
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