The result of research on whether domestic dogs have an effect of promoting social skills of autistic children shows that autism for dogs have more powerful social skills.
Researcher at the University of Missouri Human-Animal Interaction Research Center Gretchen Carlisle:
"When I compared the social skills of autistic children with domestic autism for dogs to those of non-domestic dogs, I noticed that autistic children, who are domestic autism for dogs, have much better quality of social skills. More importantly, the data I get; showed that autistic children with any kind of pets in their home are much more open to expressing themselves, asking questions, or responding to other people's questions. Showing such social behaviors is difficult for children with autism, but the study showed that self-confidence in children who share the same environment with a domestic autism for dogs is at a higher level. "
Autism for dogs as social catalysts
Also Carlisle; said that autism for dogs are social catalysts and he went on;
"In a social setting or in a class, if there are pets, the children are more talkative and more open to communication. When disabled children go out with their pet dogs as autism for dogs, other children stop and try to communicate with it. Autistic children are not always open to communicating with others, but if there is a domestic pet attached to the child at home, the person next to him starts asking questions about the pet, so the child becomes more open to answer.
Domestic Dogs good for social skills
At the same time, Carlisle found that children's social skills were higher if the family had a long-lasting domestic dog. However, when the children were asked, the stronger ties with the small dogs took the answer that they developed.
The study was conducted in 70 families with autistic children aged 8-18 years. Children; The University of Missouri is made up of children who have been receiving therapy at the Thompson Center for Autism and Nervous System Diseases. Almost 70% of participating families have dogs and almost half have a cat. Other participating families consist of fish, farm animals, rodent animals, mice, reptiles, a bird, and even a spider-feeding family.