Animal Therapy for Autism

Animals have been used for years as a form of therapy and service for individuals with disabilities. Whether as household pets, structured animal programs, or supervised interactions, the benefits of a furry friend are often undeniable. There are countless amounts of volunteers that share their pets with others, service dogs to aid in vision or hearing impairments, as well as families that aren’t complete without their beloved pet. Humans have a strong, unexplained bond with their pets, and the rewards are evident in most people, with or without disabilities. In autistic children, the benefits of pet therapy are being explored more and more. How can an animal assist in the development of a child with ASD? Continue reading