A Pet in the House makes autistic child more self confident, Assertive

December 31, 2014 4:07 PM

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Pets have been found to play a major role in improving the social skills of autistic children. The study also revealed that keeping pets made the autistic child more self confident and assertive. Autistic children in homes which had pets were seen to possess stronger social skills.

Gretchen Carlisle, research fellow at the University of Missouri in the US said, “Kids with autism do not always readily engage with others, but if there is a pet in the home that the child bonds with and a visitor starts asking about the pet, the child may be more likely to respond.”

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