Having a pet ‘helps autistic children


Children with autism can improve their social skills if they have a pet to play with after they turn five.

Researchers found youngsters with the developmental disorder were better able to both offer comfort and share things if they had a furry friend, while those who never had a pet showed no improvements.

However, this effect wasn’t seen in autistic youngsters who had pets in the family from birth, according to the team from the Hospital Research Centre of Brest in France.

The researchers said this could be because a pet brought in later could have novelty value, whilst also strengthening family bonds by increasing their interaction with each other.

Dr Marine Grandgeorge and colleagues performed two studies, which have been published in the open access journal PLOS ONE.

source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2182550/Autism-A-pet-helps-children-autism-develop-social-skills.html

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