Does your child with #Autism benefit from animals?



This one is pretty simple.  Does your child with #Autism benefit from animals? Does your child have a favorite pet,  maybe a dog or a cat?  Has this pet helped your child in anyway? For example, does you child have a special bond or relationship with their pet?

Please share your experience in the comments?  I would love to hear your stories.  🙂

This was posted via WordPress for Android, courtesy of Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Please forgive any typos. I do know how to spell but auto-correct hate me.



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Marlene0657
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Marlene0657

Yes. I believe everyone benefits from a pet. But, man’s best friends are the best. My ASD son definetly has a unique bond with his ‘sister’. She is his companion when we are out and he is responsible for taking her in the yard to do her business & to feed her. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.

Rob Gorski
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@Marlene0657 that’s awesome. My Emmett is the same way with his Boxer, Bella.

E The Third Glance
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E The Third Glance

So I’m not a a parent, I’m an autistic person. And yes, pets have helped me immensely. I have a cat who gives me more comfort and friendship than I get from anyone else. He is my best friend. We communicate incredibly well and “get” each other. When I was growing up, we also had cats, and they were my responsibility to feed/water/clean the litter box. I learned incredible amounts of responsibility, and learned how to have a good, caring relationship. So yes, animals are incredibly beneficial for me. Though I’m definitely a cat person – I have a long… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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 @E The Third Glance Thank so much for sharing that. What fantastic insight. 🙂

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kat13

We got almost a zoo at home, as I do strongly believe pets do help all kids in general to learn how to care and be considerate of another living thing. We got two dogs, cat, rabbit, tortoise, hamster, and a fish tank.    My daughter mostly bonds with the cat and the hamster(she loves taking it out of its cage and let it run in her doll houses with her dolls). My boxer is somewhat a clumsy guy and 90 lb., so she doesn’t like that as much. The other dog is smaller and she loves that one for… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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 @kat13 That is a HUGE Boxer.  Wow

JenniferWhynott
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JenniferWhynott

I have probably written this before but YES is the short answer. We have 4 kids ages 12-4 and 10 animals. We have 3 small dogs, 4 cats, 2 rats, and a rabbit. It is a lot of hard work caring for all of these kritters but the kids love to help. My youngest 2 fight over who gets to feed the cats and help mom clean the cages. My husband is in charge of litter boxes and outside poop patrol. He also feeds the dogs. As I sit here writing this I have my dog in my lap and… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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 @JenniferWhynott I know how that is and we only have 2 dogs and a cat. 🙂

JenniferWhynott
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JenniferWhynott

Oh I forgot to mention horses. Someday I would love to have a horse or 2.

kat13
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kat13

 @lostandtired Yes, but he is a tall guy, so doesn't really look that heavy until he jumps of sits on you…  

AlohaKierstin
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AlohaKierstin

Hi Rob~  My son, at age 4 1/2, was still not talking, & newly diagnosed as Autistic, when we got our Lab puppy, Jack.  It was only about 3 months later that my lil one uttered his first sentence, thanks to his love & fascination for his dog.  What was that sentence?  "I want milk", or maybe, "Where is brother"?  Nope.  It was, "Jaaaaack… Smell my feet!"  Jack is now 8 1/2 & pretty near his last year here, & I am so thankful for our huge pup!  And beaming, I can proudly say that my son now is called… Read more »

jamiainc
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jamiainc

Jamie is increasingly aggressive.  But he loves one of the cats.  It took him forever to not be afraid of her, and to make friends.  Now she'll come when he calls, and he pets her.   When he's in a rage, he'll try going to the cat, and the cat runs away.  He sort of gets that he needs to calm down so that he can pet her.  Telling him that Trouble is afraid of him and won't come near him seems to penetrate that little head.   Of course, I don't think Gavin would benefit from an animal, and… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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@jamiainc Gavin is hit and miss with the family pets. He has more recently become more aggressive with them as well.

Silachan
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Dogs are the only being in this world so far that I can touch and be touched by without grimacing in discomfort. I talk to my pets and cuddle them more than even my boyfriend. When I'm feeling down my little mutt comes up to me and licks my face. When I first got her and I was melting down over stress related to mom not getting along with her, she cuddled up in my arms and fell asleep there. I could not live without one.