Dogs Best Reward for Kids With Autism
November 2, 2016
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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