Mother of Autistic Son Recounts Incredible True Story of His Reunion with Lost Service Dog in New Children’s Book

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Author Emily Fontana describes the immense community support her family received while searching for their son’s lost service dog in “Echo”

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Bringing awareness to the topic of autism and service animals, Fontana’s beautifully illustrated story contains the powerful message that when people come together, nothing is impossible.

Mother and author Emily Fontana expresses the importance that her community’s involvement played in bringing her son’s lost service dog home in her inspirational children’s book, “Echo,” which shares the true story of the special bond between a boy and his service dog. Her story will touch young readers and create a dialogue around the valuable contributions children with autism and service animals make in our world, and the power of community

In the book, Fontana introduces readers to Mark, her young son who underwent a profound autistic regression when he was three. Since Mark was unable to communicate and in constant danger due to his habit of running off, his family brought home Echo, an autism service dog to keep Mark close and calm. Echo wore a special tether connecting her and Mark, keeping him from bolting. An incredible blessing to both Mark and his family, they were heartbroken when Echo disappeared one day.

Local news outlets began covering the family’s story and impassioned community members assisted with the 9-day search to bring Echo home. The coverage of Mark’s story struck the hearts of many—including the woman who found Echo and felt compelled to bring the dog back to her family. “Echo” focuses not only on telling this incredible story but on detailing how an environment of hope was created by the community’s presence in the search.

Bringing awareness to the topic of autism and service animals, Fontana’s beautifully illustrated story contains the powerful message that when people come together, nothing is impossible.

One Amazon reviewer praises the book: “Amazing story! My granddaughter asked me to read Echo every night!”

“Echo” is a perfect read in the classroom or at home and young readers will enjoy the heartwarming ending of a tale about a boy and his best friend being reunited.

“Echo”
By Emily Fontana
ISBN: 9781982234140 (softcover); 9781982234157 (electronic)
Available at the Balboa Press Online Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the author
Emily Fontana resides in New York with her husband and five children, including her son, Mark, who underwent a profound autistic regression at the age of 3. A former disability and special education attorney, Fontana’s passion is spreading a message of hope and supporting children with special needs, their families, and communities. With her family’s story being featured by The Today Show, People and New York Daily News, Fontana is excited to share “Echo” with the world. More about her and “Echo” can be found at the official website: https://www.emilyfontana.com/

Contact for interview and book copy requests:
LAVIDGE Publicity – Phoenix                        
Courtney Vasquez
480-306-7065
cvasquez(at)lavidge(dot)com

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