Pet Gecko Helps Boy with Autism

Ten year-old Callum Lake has Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism that makes it difficult for him to read other people’s emotions. Like many children on the autism spectrum, he has struggled with making friends and dealing with anxiety. Then Spike entered his life. Spike is Callum’s pet gecko. Callum’s mother, Karen Beech, bought Spike […]

Pets Impact Happiness for those on the Autism Spectrum

Science has proved that interacting with animals especially pets can have a deep impact on the physical betterment of human beings. Animals have been known to help in the lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol and are also effective in reducing tension and stress and also help to avoid conditions like depression. It is also […]

Controversy surrounding services provided by Service Dogs Europe

Dundalk Ireland – Service Dogs Europe (SDE) provide Service Dogs for children and adults with a wide range of disabilities and additional needs. One such service is that of an Autism Assistance Dog. The information stated on their website about this service reads as follows: ‘Service Dogs Europe, Autism Service Dog Program focuses on improving […]

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Young boy with autism starts fundraiser to get himself a service dog

Bristol, England — A 12-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance or PDA has been trying to raise funds in hopes of getting himself an autism service dog. Elliott Pugh has been struggling with his condition, which causes behavioral problems that hinder him from interacting with the outside world. His condition sometimes makes […]

Zoo keeper camp held for children with autism in Minnesota – w/video

Duluth, Minn. — Children with autism in Minnesota were finally given a chance to experience a special zoo keeper camp, thanks to a joint effort between the Autism Society of Minnesota and the Lake Superior Zoo. The ‘Zoo Keeper Camp’ was tailored especially for children with autism spectrum disorder, in an effort to help them […]

Parents raise funds to get autism service dog for son

Shropshire, England — The parents of a five-year-old child who suffers from autism-like symptoms are doing everything they can to raise enough funds to get him his very own autism support dog. Oliver Fenner was a happy toddler who used to love pirates, playing with his older sister, shouting “love you” to his parents, but […]

Studies show that pets are good social buffers for children with autism

New York — These days, more and more children with autism are benefiting from the company of their highly-trained service dogs. It has been proven many times over that service dogs are capable of making positive impacts on children with autism, especially when it comes to socialization. Now it appears that cats can also have […]

Animals and Autism – What’s behind it Part 5

We’ve looked at ways animals can directly benefit people with autism in terms of increased socialisation and communication. In this post we’ll consider how animals may be able to bring benefits to the wider family. A 2009 study (Mancil et al) of stress in parents of children with disabilities, found that parents of children with […]

Cat who saved child with autism from a dog attack gets ‘Hero Dog’ Award – w/video

Bakersfield, Calif. — A brave cat who defied all odds to save a child with autism from a vicious attack from their neighbor’s dog was given a ‘Hero Dog‘ Award. Autism Daily Newscast  last reported on this story, Family Cat saves Young Boy with Autism from Savage Dog Attack, back in May 2014. Tara the cat […]

Myth: Autism and the Pet Bond

Or at least that was what I was led to believe by seeing countless articles about autistic kids and the tremendous bonds they developed with their pets. So much that I felt guilty of denying my kids the opportunity. We had been a petless family since just before my twins autism diagnosis – I had […]