Pets help improve social skills of autistic kids

December 31, 2014 3:03 PM

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Pets help improve social skills of autistic kids

Keeping a dog or any other animal at home could help improve the social skills of children with autism and make them more assertive, new research has found.

"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," said Gretchen Carlisle, research fellow at the University of Missouri in the US.

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