Benefits of animal therapy for autism

For those of us who were in the life of pets, it is not surprising to learn that interaction with animals can have therapeutic and medicinal benefits. Many animals are calm, comfortable and quiet, only their silent presence. And the animals are now also used as a form of autism treatment.

Graduate student of the school of social work at the University of New Mexico named Jennifer Barolo is a research project on the study of preferences and the impact of treatment with the help of animals for children with autism when used as a treatment.

The study, entitled "Effects of therapy with the help of animals for a child with autism" took 15 weeks in the period from July to November 2006. It was aimed at the target figure, there is any evidence that the therapy is based on zhyvol- assistance could improve the social skills of the child with autism.

The results were interesting. For example, before the go with the help of therapy animals eight major Australian cattle dog named Henry, a member of Zachary, who was five years old, has experienced a dramatic fight for the fellowship. Zachary was inclined to throw tantrums, and close your ears and eyes, when he upset the lack of understanding. Participate in new activities was stressful for him. He could not figure out how to play with others, and never uttered a complete sentence.

However, as soon as Zachary met and got in touch with Henry, he was a virtual transformation. Level of confidence is much higher, and he is ready to try out new classes with obvious curiosity. In addition, Zechariah can better understand what is happening around him, including other people's needs. Moreover, halfway Zahar therapy research project completed its first proposal.

In the case of Zacharias, with the help of therapy of animals opened entirely new world of experience and understanding. In clinical reports psychiatric hospital have been many reports of children with autism who have developed strong relationships with individual animals, such as domestic dogs or cats. If autistic children are interacting with animals, any violent tendency, which they may have, usually disappears. They become very characteristics of mothers, especially taking care of the animals, including feeding, cleaning up after them and interact with them.

Blood pressure of children with autism also tend to be reduced in the treatment of animals. In addition, symptoms such as insomnia and headache can be alleviated by this treatment.

Friendship animals can help to reduce any lonely feelings in children with autism, promoting healthy character within them, including personality traits like respect, trust, promotion, loyalty, self-confidence and responsibility. Children with autism may also learn decision-making skills, problem solving skills, as well as language and social skills to interact with animals.

Such therapy may be useful in general as well as in times of great challenges, such as puberty – when your baby will survive many changes and a lot of questions and will need more to relieve stress.