Maintaining a pet at home as a hobby but also has other benefits, one of them is as a therapy for autistic children. This therapy is performed by the autistic child was 11 years old named Milo who did with her dog named Chad.

The relationship between man and animals do have a direct effect, although this effect can not be explained through scientific research. But the relationship between Milo and Chad over the general relationship occurs.

“Within a week I saw a huge change in him, after a month she became more calm and able to concentrate and communicate within a longer time,” said Mrs. Vaccaro who is the mother of Milo, as quoted from the New York Times, Friday (9 / 10/2009).

Dr Melissa A Nishawala a clinical director of autism-spectrum services in the Child Study Center at New York University, added themselves to see real change in self Milo became more calm and able to communicate even seen the dog just sat there in the room. As a result of profound changes in self-Milo, now Vaccaro and Dr. Nishawala began trying to stop the medication that is used by Milo.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which is part of the National Institutes of Health also began an effort to learn whether pets can have a real effect on the welfare of children.

It required more scientific research that can explain the benefits of these therapies, particularly its impact on child development. Because so far most research only focuses on negative interactions than just pets, as pets can spread disease.

At Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Southern California, for example, dozens of volunteers regularly brought her dog to visit children of patients who received treatment for serious illness. Usually these children often experience sadness, anxiety or depression. The most important thing is that pets should be free from all kinds of diseases and have received vaccinations correctly.

“The dogs are brought by these volunteers can enlighten the children,” said Emily Grankowski, which oversees the pet therapy program at the hospital.

Expected later this pet therapy could lead to new treatments in curing children who often experience depression, sadness or a child with autism. However, do not close the possibility of this therapy can also be done for adults.

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