September 9, 2016

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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 proved that animals can help to create a new socially viable behaviour within autistic people especially children.

Animal presence enhances the level of social interaction among children suffering from disabilities like autism. Children with autism are advised to spend more time with their pets than being in the middle of human interactions as it makes them feel better. Children with autism engaged in more social behaviours in the presence of animals they loved in comparison to toys or other materials. Children who struggle to interact socially and often fall into states of anxiety, depression and stress are found to show rapid improvement while in the company of animals. Animal therapy differs from animal exposure in the way that it has much clear goals and is lead by trained practitioners which are usually psychiatrists or psychologists who help in the betterment of such disabled people.

It has been noticed in the recent years that there has been a very rapid progression in research which proved the usefulness of animals especially pets in the field of medicine. Studies show that kids with disabilities like autism are more usually interested in animals and interacting with them and show great affinity towards animals and thoroughly enjoy their company and stay a lot happier around them.

The National Institutes of Health has expressed an interest in funding studies that examine human-animal interaction, putting out a call for investigations that focus specifically on child health and development in 2010. Experts say that parents who have thought about getting a pet or who have noticed that their child seems to enjoy being in the presence of animals might want to consider it. But getting a child with autism a pet will not magically improve their symptoms, and pets are not for everyone.

So as the above studies and statistics show it is not that pets can completely cure a particular person off any ailment but it shows that more than the complete cure of the ailment. What is particularly necessary is that how long the person can socially interact with the society effectively and it is indeed miraculous to know the wonder pets and animals can help in the betterment of many such people including a vast number of children who suffer from physical disabilities or mentally distressing troubles like anxiety, depression and stress. Moreover animals like guinea pigs can also be used as classroom pets and also in the treatment for children suffering from autism. Children who spend more time with animals are also seen to interact more with the humans too than the time when they were not in constant company of animals especially pets.

About the author 

Rajat Chakraborty

Rajat Chakraborty has been writing articles for the past four years across many disciplines and is an expert Ezine author.

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