AUTISM

AUTISM

October 22, 2012

Pets May Help Kids With Autism Develop Social Skills



Study found if animal came into home after child was born, communication improved

By Amanda Gardner | HealthDay Reporter

Introducing a pet into the home of a child with autism may help that child develop improved social behaviors, new research finds.

The study, from French researchers, is the first strong scientific evidence that animals may help foster social skills in individuals with autism, but it also reinforces what clinicians have been hearing anecdotally for years.

"We hear from parents a lot that having a pet or interacting with an animal really helps their child's social behavior, but there hasn't been a study so far that has looked at that scientifically," said Alycia Halladay, director of environmental research at Autism Speaks. "This offers some intriguing evidence to confirm what parents...  READ MORE >>

More informationThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on autism spectrum disorders.
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