- Pets provide unconditional love and affection. They are fairly predictable and do not engage in the many human activities that generates stress, such as arguing or exhibiting contradictory behavior. The reliability of a pet can bring comfort to a child who sees his day as quite inconsistent and hectic. A pet can generate a calming effect that in turn can reduce your child’s stress.
- Feeding and caring for a pet allows your child to shift his focus from his own life to his pet’s needs. He can receive a sense of satisfaction and competence from learning how to care for his new pet and having this pet depend on him. A child’s confidence and self-esteem can increase as she acquires new skills and becomes successful in caring for her pet.
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Pet Ownership and the Benefits to Special Needs Kids
May 25, 2013 By Danette Schott, M.A.