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Pets may Instill Socio-emotional Development in Autistic Kids

by Savitha C Muppala on  August 3, 2012 at 11:35 PM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
A recent French insight has revealed the advantages of having a pet at home, especially in families with an autistic child, as it helps develop their social skills.

A marked improvement occurred if the family got a pet during the early part of childhood, say at about age 5.
 Pets may Instill Socio-emotional Development in Autistic Kids
Pets may Instill Socio-emotional Development in Autistic Kids
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The study showed that interaction with a pet improved the abilities of sharing and caring among autistic children, especially among those who got a pet after age 5. There was no palpable development in social skills in autistic children without pets.  

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"In individuals with autism, pet arrival in the family setting may bring about changes in specific aspects of their socio-emotional development," the researchers said.



Source: Medindia
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