For an autistic child, the world is like a complicated maze; explaining yourself, talking to someone or even asking for help might pose as a challenge. While some children may find solace in the presence of their parents, others may have a hard time opening up to them, which often gives rise to the severity of the condition. As a result, the west has discovered that raising children among animals, particularly dogs have made a positive impact on the cognitive skills of children with autism. Here are 3 reasons a dog might actually help your child cope with his/her condition.
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Dogs are loyal creatures; if you love them, they will do just about anything to return the favour. Even if that means, having to deal with mood swings. Autistic children with sleeping difficulties are known to wake up to the slightest noise or throw a tantrum during bedtime. During these times, dogs have been proven to be a therapeutic guide for autistic children who have trouble sleeping.
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Autism may lead to behavioral issues such as not wanting to speak, make eye contact, respond to affection or even take part in games. This may severely hamper a child’s social skills, thus turning him/her to become more and more isolated. Having a spirited creature like a dog, may assure your child that it’s okay to express themselves more and learn new activities.
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Overtime, having a pet will teach your child to be caring and compassionate towards animals. It also builds a sense of responsibility; as your child grows older, he/she will feel entitled to look after the furry-companion that stuck to him/her during his toughest times.