Pets give us a reason to exercise and work on our motor skills. Our dog, Lucca forces us to go for a run at night, even when we’re not in the mood. For a child or adult in the spectrum, having a pet will encourage touch, stroking, running, rolling, playing with a ball and so on. It’s continual motor skill therapy.
Pets lower our blood pressure and calm us. Any pet owner reading this article can agree that pets can feel our energy. I was bedridden for a period of time when I was pregnant with my twins. My dog never left my bedside. He wouldn’t take a sip of water unless I was next to him. He laid on top of my huge stomach for hours at a time. I was feeling so sick. But his presence and love nurtured me throughout a physically challenging time. I personally believe that having a pet for a child or adult in the Spectrum of Autism is like having a 24/7 therapist in your home. A pet is non-judgmental, comforting, loving, accepting and understands body language. A pet provides self-esteem and instills responsibility, thought, trust and compassion. Pets accept us for who we are. For someone on the Autistic Spectrum, that’s a wonderful thing. Share your pet story with us.
Deborah Rosenberg, founder of DiMare Design focuses on Cruelty-Free Vegan Design and Design Therapy. She combines specific textures, scents and colors with cruelty-free materials to create optimal thriving spaces. Deborah grew up in New York. She resides in Miami with her daughters and dog Lucca. Lucca’s favorite pastime is being a total beach bum.