Pets May Help Parents of Kids With Autism Fight Stress

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THURSDAY, May 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Pets are stress-relievers for folks of youngsters with autism and profit their children, too, a brand new examine suggests.

On common, mother and father of youngsters with autism have larger stress ranges than different mothers and dads, the examine authors mentioned, so some look to pets to assist them chill out.

For the examine, the researchers surveyed greater than 700 households who’ve a member of the family with autism about the advantages and disadvantages of getting a canine or cat.

Despite the duty of caring for a pet, mother and father and youngsters with autism had sturdy bonds with their pets. Pet possession did not enhance mother and father’ stress, and people with a number of pets reported extra advantages, in accordance with the examine printed lately within the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

“Given that the traits of autism spectrum dysfunction are so broad, it may be troublesome to determine interventions which can be extensively useful,” mentioned examine writer Gretchen Carlisle of the University of Missouri Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, in Columbia.

“Some of the core challenges that kids with autism face embrace nervousness and problem speaking,” she mentioned in a college information launch.

“As pets will help enhance social interplay and reduce nervousness, we discovered that they don’t seem to be solely useful in offering consolation and help to kids with autism, however to their mother and father as effectively,” Carlisle mentioned.

Parents who’re contemplating including a pet to their household ought to embrace the kid within the choice and ensure the pet’s and kid’s exercise ranges are a very good match, Carlisle suggested.

“Some children with autism have particular sensitivities, so an enormous, loud canine that’s extremely energetic would possibly trigger sensory overload for a selected youngster, whereas a quiet cat could also be a greater match,” she mentioned.

— Robert Preidt

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SOURCE: University of Missouri, information launch, April 27, 2020