Dogs can Help Families and Kids With Autism

by Parent Co. July 20, 2016

Owning a pet dog reduces stress and significantly improves functioning in families who have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), new research has shown.

The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Lincoln, UK, and funded by the US-based Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation, also found a reduction in the number of dysfunctional interactions between parent and child among families which owned a dog. ..."We found a significant, positive? ?relationship? ?between? ?parenting? ?stress? ?of? ?the child?'?s? ?main? ?caregiver? ?and? ?their? ?attachment? ?to? ?the? family dog. This highlights the importance of the bond between the carer and their dog in the benefits they???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? gain."?????????????????????????????????????????????
Source: Dogs de-stress families with autistic children, new research shows -- ScienceDaily


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