Via the Columbia Missourian, "MU researcher hopes to study benefits of cats for children with autism."
I'm going to excerpt a small part here, because it made a lot of sense to me:
"The study of human-animal interaction is a relatively new field of research. People who may benefit from the research often hear about it over social media instead of from a medical professional, Carlisle said.
'In social media, people just hear this — dog, dog, dog,' Carlisle said, gesturing toward a photo in her office of a dog in a red collar sitting obediently.
Dogs may not always be the best companion animal for children with autism, though. Some children with autism have a sensory sensitivity to noise, for example, so a dog's sudden barking can be more upsetting for them than for a child without autism. Dogs can also be more 'in your face,' Carlisle said, and are often much larger than cats."
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