Pets, Children, Communication & Social Skills!
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PETS ARE NON-JUDGEMENTAL… are considered good listeners and easy to talk to, easier it seems than siblings. Earlier studies have demonstrated that pets can help children with autism develop important social skills, especially when the pet is a dog. Studies show that children who have consistent experience interacting with dogs are more likely to succeed at introducing themselves and responding to social cues and prompts. If that is not enough, pets appear to facilitate a child’s compassion & self-esteem and reduce stress. Sora, Max & Gracie, our SLP assisting dogs, agree! As one friend said yesterday as the dogs were greeting her with barks, “Your dogs are cute!” ~ When you decide to add a pet to your family, please consider adoption/rescue! ~ Lori