Animals and autism – Ethics and Safety Part 7

In this final post of the series I’ll be looking at some of the ethical issues that arise when using animals in therapy and in particular the use of exotic animals. Whilst for the majority of people Animal Assisted Interventions will involve the use of smaller domestic animals, when it comes to animals assisting with […]

Studies show that pets are good social buffers for children with autism

New York — These days, more and more children with autism are benefiting from the company of their highly-trained service dogs. It has been proven many times over that service dogs are capable of making positive impacts on children with autism, especially when it comes to socialization. Now it appears that cats can also have […]

Press Release – Animals’ presence may ease social anxiety in kids with autism

NIH-funded study could have implications for treatment When animals are present, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have lower readings on a device that detects anxiety and other forms of social arousal when interacting with their peers. According to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, companion animals—like dogs, cats or […]

The Positive Traits of Autism – Part 10 – Strong Bonds with Animals

Autistic people can often have very strong bonds with animals.  Whether this is a pet, a farm animal, or even a wild animal.  When asked nearly every body with autism questioned said that the bonds and understanding they had with animals was one of the most positive aspects of their autism. This isn’t to say […]

Stray cat provides support for man with Asperger’s syndrome

Jacksonville, FL – A stray cat found by a local family has provided a young man on the spectrum with the gift of companionship this holiday season. Kim Neff, the man’s grandmother, was out visiting friends recently when she noticed a stray cat in the neighborhood. Upon learning that it didn’t belong to anyone, she […]