Pets may help autistic children to be more assertive, says study

December 31, 2014 3:29 PM

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Pets may help autistic children to be more assertive, says study

A study by the University of Missouri researcher has found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home.

Research fellow Gretchen Carlisle surveyed 70 families who had children with autism between the ages of 8 and 18. Almost 70 percent of the families that participated had dogs, and about half of the families had cats. Other pets owned by participants included fish, farm animals, rodents, rabbits, rep...

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