Pets are beneficial for children with autism
The presence of the family some pet improves social skills of the child, which is very important for those who suffer from autism.
Moreover, scientists say — will benefit not only from a funny dog or a cute kitten, but even lizards.
The study involved 70 American families in which a growing boy or girl with autism. About 70% of households had a dog or a cat. Other participants also had other Pets: fish, rabbits, parrots, rodents or lizards.
According to Gretchen Carlisle, the representative of the Center of studies of the interaction of people and animals, children in families where the dog lived, demonstrated better social skills.
“However, more significant is the fact that children, who have any animal, to be more involved in such actions as the introduction, asking questions to obtain information or answers to questions… other Such social skills typically are difficult for kids with autism, but research has shown that children become self-confident, if they live with animals,” — said the researcher.
“Children diagnosed with autism, rarely communicate with others, but if there is an animal with which the child has a relationship and the guest starts to ask about this animal, it becomes more likely that the child will respond,” added Carlisle.
The researchers noticed that the best social skills had children whose families dogs lived longer. The older participants were, the weaker was their relationship with the pet. Interestingly, closer was the relationship of autistic children with small dogs.
As emphasized by Carlyle, each child with autism is unique and not for everyone the best companion will be a dog.