Owning a pet and interacting with animals can have many benefits. An animal can provide companionship, friendship, reduce loneliness and alleviate anxiety. It can be easier for a person with autism to interact with an animal because an animal is nonverbal and non-judgemental. Owning a pet can also foster responsibility in children. A study done in 2013 at the University…
A Canine Assisted Educational Initiative
I think the ‘Claire Buron Project’, as we have come to call it, began years ago when I read about the positive effects of dog ownership. I began thinking that if owning a dog could lower a person’s stress level, and if just petting the dog could release pleasurable hormones, then maybe a dog could help calm highly anxious students with autism in a school setting.
In this month’s blog: lack of support for families and reduced funding as a child ages are all too common a story across Canada. FIU Health in Florida is launching a new comprehensive health and behavior program for adults with autism called FIU EMBRACE. Short home movies may be sufficient to accurately spot children who have autism. Dogs can be beneficial for those with autism.