Autism Spectrum Disorder | HABRI

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Child Health & Development

Research strongly indicates that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) benefit from interaction with animals.

Organizations like the North Star Foundation provide specialized therapy dogs for those with autism spectrum disorders. Photo: North Star Foundation

Improved Social Behavior and Interaction

A review of current literature on the effectiveness of animal-assisted intervention (AAI) for children with ASD found AAI to be effective in:

  • Increasing social functioning seen through
    • Increased social awareness
    • Increased social interaction
    • Decreased social isolation
    • Increased social motivation
    • Increased social skills and behaviors
  • Increasing safety, independence and socio-emotional functioning[1]

Another study found that in the presence of companion animals, children with ASD demonstrated:

  • Increased display of social behaviors including talking, making physical contact and looking at faces.
  • Improved positive social behaviors including becoming more receptive to social advances from peers.[2]
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