Autism / Beatriz Fox / Special Needs / Uncategorized

Socialization in Autism- Nature, Nurture, AAT (Animal-Assisted Therapy)

On a recent summer vacation to New Orleans, one of the things our family did was take a Swamp Tour.  On our wait for the boat, my children saw dragonflies, for the first time in their lives.  Christopher, who is sometimes wheelchair-bound, and seemingly nonsocial,  felt the uncontrollable urge to get up and play with the dragonflies.  He smiled, laughed and ran, swatting at the flies so they would chase him.  

I don’t believe that children and/or adults with autism are asocial, as some people believe.  I feel some just respond different socially.   To see Christopher rise from a wheelchair to run and play was awesome.  The happiness he felt was exuberant and infectious.  I look forward to the day when he learns to interact with other children like that so he can make friends.

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that uses animals as a form of treatment. The goal/function is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning.  It is believed that animals can be useful for education and motivation, and I hope to involve Chris in these types of therapies in the future!

 

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