Dogs lower stress for families of kids with autism

Research by a university in the United Kingdom shows that owning a pet dog reduces stress and significantly improves functioning in families who have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This is the first time that a study has been done on how having a pet dog in the family affects friends and family members of those with autism.

The study found that ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬parents of children with autism who owned dogs experienced a continuing decline in stress over time. The benefits of animal-assisted therapy for kids with autism is well known but now it seems its good for the emotional well being of all family members.

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