A reader writes:
I was just wondering what animal for be good for ASD? and where I can get an animal for a 3 year child with ASD with sensory disorder?Therapy dogs are often great companions for kids with autism, and there are organizations that train and place such dogs. One such foundation is North Star Dogs, which offers a long article on the topic on their website. Of course cats, rabbits, and even horses can be wonderful companions -- and horseback riding therapy (called hippotherapy) can help kids with sensory issues while also building communication skills.
Does your child with autism have an animal companion? What are the pros and cons? Can you recommend a good source for therapeutic pets or animal therapy?