Do your pets help with sensory issues?

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Do your pets help with sensory issues?
Mon, 04-29-2013 - 4:52pm

I was reading the following story (it's very moving) and was interested to hear the mom talk about how their newly adopted dog helped with some of her autistic son's sensory issues: 

Xena helps Jonny in other ways as well. He’s always struggled with personal-space issues, but he’s fine with letting the dog lean on him, lie down on him and perch precariously on his lap. It doesn’t matter that she weighs 43 pounds and he weighs 48.

“I’m not a doctor, but I do know Jonny has a zillion sensory issues and I wonder if that pressure is calming for him,” Linda speculated. “Maybe it’s like a beanbag chair. A beanbag chair is great for him because it’s like a giant hug.”

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Have you noticed if your child has bennefitted from interaction with pets?  Would you consider adding one to your family if it would help in the same way?