Canine companions may soothe children with autism

08/22/2008 | Edmonton Journal (Alberta), The

Specially trained dogs like Texas, a two-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, are easing stress on some Canadian parents by befriending their children with autism, keeping them safe, giving them more independence and alerting others that the child has special needs. Many children with autism, like Xander McTavish, 7, seem calmer and more confident in the presence of their dogs.

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