Pets may help children with autism

It has long been known that older people benefit from having pets and animals around them, feeling more relaxed and less isolated, for example.  Now a new study, reported by   Medical News Today suggests that children with autism appear to show less anxiety and less stress when they are around animals.  Follow this link to find out more:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/294240.php

The study, published online in Developmental Psychobiology, was conducted by Marguerite O’Haire, Ph.D., from the Center for the Human-Animal Bond in the College of Veterinary Medicine of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and colleagues in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia