Children with Autism Who Live With Pets Are More Assertive
Dogs, cats and other animals may improve social skills of children with autism
Children with autism have stronger social skills when they live with a pet, an MU researcher found.
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Story posted: Dec. 30, 2014
By: Fran Webber
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals’ social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a University of Missouri researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home.