Thursday, October 21, 2010
Pet therapy does the trick for children with autism
Specially-trained dogs are sometimes used to reduce anxiety and improve social skills in children with autism. Researchers from the Universite de Montreal studied 42 children with autism to assess the impact of the dogs. They found that the children's behaviour improved while the dog was staying with them and their levels of the stress horminone cortisol - as measured in their saliva - decreased.