The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : How to Choose the Right Pet for a Family with Special Needs The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : How to Choose the Right Pet for a Family with Special Needs

Monday, July 30, 2018

How to Choose the Right Pet for a Family with Special Needs

Did you know that the presence of guinea pigs in a room can increase social behaviors in children with autism?

Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia recently published a study demonstrating a significant measurable increase in talking, smiling, laughing, looking at faces, making tactile contact and social approaches when children with autism and their peers played with 2 guinea pigs in a classroom.

Sooner or later, most families of children with special needs begin to think about adopting a pet for therapeutic reasons.  Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to every type of pet.  Sometimes a pet is not logistically possible, but any pet has the potential to enrich family life.

Here are ten of the most popular pets for beginners, along with the pros and cons for each one.  If your family wants to adopt any type of pet, large or small, consider a rescue organization such as those listed on petfinder.com.

To read more on this story, click here: How to Choose the Right Pet for a Family with Special Needs


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