Dogs Best Reward for Kids With Autism

Exam Health - Bring in the dogs! Texas Tech University behavioral analyst Alexandra Protopopova reports that allowing children with autism to interact with therapy dogs as a reward for completing tasks is more effective than offering them a toy or other type of reward.

Why kids with autism respond to therapy dogs

According to Protopopova, offering autistic children access to therapy dogs rather than objects such as an iPad or toy works for at least two reasons:

  • While kids can become bored with an object over time, they can grow fond of or attached to a dog emotionally, so they look forward to their next interaction and thus are more prone to complete their tasks

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