Getting a pet may help children with autism to develop their social skills, if the furry friend is brought into the home when the child is about 5 years old, according to a new French study.
Researchers found that children with autism who got a pet after age 5
showed improvement in their abilities to share with others and to offer
comfort, whereas those who had a pet since they were born, and those
who never had a pet, showed no such improvement.