If you’ve been following our story for awhile, you already know how I like to share about the positive impact animals have on my kids with Autism.
I’ve been raised around animals my whole life and have always benefited from having pets.
It’s widely known that animals can have a profoundly positive impact on kids with Autism or Special Needs. I won’t pretend to know exactly why this is but I know it’s true.
When my kids met their first ferret about a year and a half ago, there was an instant bond. What really surprised me was how they’ve never lost that bond, even after all this time. My kids both seek and gain comfort from our ferret family, every single say.
Snuggling a ferret is often the first thing they seek to do in the morning and the last at night before bed.
The ferrets absolutely love the attention from the boys. If Elliott or Emmett is really struggling with life, the ferrets can provide a sense of comfort and relief, both on a sensory and an emotional level.
For example, if Emmett is really upset about how his shoes or socks feel, holding a ferret tends to help him at least feel better. He will hold Fat Tiny and Tiny will kick his face until he starts to giggle. It doesn’t always impact him actually wearing his shoes or socks but it does help him relax after the ordeal.
I’m going to spend more time talking about this as I move forward because these ferrets have become such a huge part of our lives and perhaps they can have a positive impact on another family out there. I’ll talk about the care and upkeep involved etc.
Anyway, here are some recent pictures, as well as the recording from my most recent YouTube Live Broadcast, involving these furry little kid helpers. ☺️