Contrast The Relationship Between Dog And Child With Autism

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Animals have been living next to humans for over 140,000 years now; but are there a deeper relationship between the pair (Solomon, 2012)? Research is beginning to dive into the meaningful relationship between animal and person. This relationship is shown to mutually benefit both parties involved. Furthermore, researchers are looking into the benefits of pet therapy with autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many other human dysfunctions. The stress reducing benefits of pet assisted therapy are shown to directly improve the sociality of children with autism in multiple different factors.
Evidence proves that there is a true reason behind the deeper connection between dog and child with autism. Fung and Seung-ming Leung, describe how therapy
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According to Berry, the addition of a therapy dog in a session with a client with autism drastically increases non-verbal, and verbal social behavior (Berry, Borgi, Francia, Alleva, & Cirulli, 2013). He notes that the increase stays noticeable for up to one month after therapy. However, other studies show that it takes fourteen sessions with the child to show lasting affects of the pet assisted therapy (Fung and & Seung-ming Leung, 2014). The affects of the fourteen sessions of therapy with the therapy dog prove to be higher increases of social behavior, recalling memories, verbalizing wishes to be with the dog, and increased speech production (Fung and & Seung-ming Leung,, 2014). In addition, solely the presence of the therapy dog in the session decreases the clients stress level. According to Berry, the cortisol awakening response decreases once children are introduced to the dogs (Berry et al., 2013). With a lower stress level, the children can engage in the therapy more effectively and decrease problematic behavior. The introduction of therapy dogs into practice proves to be immediately beneficial to the child with some lingering …show more content…
With the new research their proves to be a new aid to facilitate caring for a child with autism. This dog can assist the child in major developmental milestones like the ability to play with others, or keep the child safe from medical, or self-harm. The relationship formed between the dog and human seems to rely on the non-verbal social communication. In turn, the play and care for the dog creates more opportunities for social communication with other people. The addition of the dog into a family, or therapy sessions appears to be extremely helpful to the child with

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