In the United States, it is estimated that about 1 in 88 children have some form of autism. While there is no definite cause or cure for autism, the impact it creates on the whole family will be a lifelong struggle. Children who have autism spectrum disorders (ASD) experience developmental disabilities from mild to severe in the areas of communication, ability to interact with others, behavioral disturbances, and social skills. However, there is new research that strongly suggests that therapy dogs can benefit autistic children in multiple ways .
#1 – Dogs Develop Bonds With Children
Autistic children have a difficult time developing bonds with other children as well as other people. Many autistic children do not like to be shown affection and do not show affection towards others. Therapy dogs have been able to help autistic children develop these bonds that carry over to people as well.