For those of you interested in autism research, you may be interested to hear about the recent research into autism and pets. The study conducted in France has shown that pets may help develop social skills in people with autism which long confirms many anecdotal accounts of the benefits of pets. The study which looked at autistic children between the ages of 6 and 16 found that those who got a pet at about the age of 5 showed improvement in their ability to share and to offer comfort to parents or children who were sad or hurt. In contrast, those who had a pet since they were born and those who never had a pet, showed no improvement. However, the study has been criticised for being small. Also, little is known about how pets may influence children’s development and why there are differences between children with pets since birth and those who got them at an older age. Researchers say further studies are needed.
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