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Children with Autism Who Live With Pets Are More Assertive

Dogs, cats and other animals may improve social skills of children with autism

 


ResearcherChildren with autism have stronger social skills when they live with a pet, an MU researcher found.

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.