Do animals help aspergers?
To answer the question, “do animals help aspergers” , I’ll say this:
you may find that people on the autism spectrum chose to
associate not with people most often, but with animals.
It’s rather interesting.
Let’s get into our conversation! I’m excited.
Animals and Asperger’s – does it help?
A lot of people relate better to animals than people – sometimes this is due to not having a lot of friends,
other times this is due to people ignoring or not associating with them often.
Sometimes, it’s because they love taking care of animals.
Whatever the case, people on the aurism spectrum tend to be much better
– in spirit, mood, energy and personality around animals.
Animals have huge benefits to people – as pets, caregivers, therapeutic assistants, and some animals even think they’re people!
Letting people into their lives is something that someone with autism can
What’s the benefit of a therapy animal?
Therapy turtles, depression dogs, cure-all-cats, friendly fish, patient parakeets… what does it help having an autism or aspergers animal?
Hopefully those made you smile.
There are a lot of benefits to having a creature you can keep with you aside from having it in a cage or jar or confined at home while you are out and about.
- Having a friend around when no one else is around
- Someone who will listen no matter what
- A friend who cares and knows when you’re hurting or feeling down
- When you get ditched… guess what? You have a pet / therapy animal to keep your spirits up!
- The lifting of moods, creation of happiness….
- Animals don’t need you to change, they help change your situation
- Animals help with autism meltdowns and overstimulation
- Being able to talk with or to communcate with your animal is a way to
get the communication you may not normally have, and share it with someone who won’t interrupt or ask you to explain differently.
- We can understand our animals better than people because animals display what they need in their actions and their demeanor.
- Around your animal, you can be yourself, you don’t need to change, you don’t have to “fit in”, just be you.
- You can have as many animal friends as you want, and they won’t stop being your friend. You don’t need to call or text or speak with them daily, and every time they experience your presence, they thank you by making you feel good and showing you how much they appreciate you.
- Animals are infinitely loyal, they will never abandon you or forget you.
Do animals get it?
Do animals understand what we’re thinking?
Yes, they get it, they understand stress, pain, suffering, joy, happiness, and empathize with all emotions.
Just like children and other humans, they feel what we feel. I believe that they understand our language, but of course don’t have a spoken language that we can understand. Or maybe they do – I’m not aware of it yet, though.
Animals have vocalizations – except fish, that we can understand, and body language.
As someone with aspergers, you get to learn body language from animals and things that are non-threatening much easier than if it were threatening.
A parent may yell at you, tell you to do something, get angry, etc.
Your animal, whether a therapy creature, service animal (professionally trained for the job of assistance) pet, fish or an animal at the zoo, they can feel emotions and feel the feelings we exert sometimes greater than we can.
I’ve spent many a cold day curled up with a dog in front of a woodstove or laying on a couch…with a dog or cat.
I have also hung out with cats in their cat house, and since I was young, am very good at imitating animals (and other people’s) voices.
Everything is made of energy, and that energy is frequency.
A great documentary on energy and how all things interact with all other things is called Resonance-Beings of Frequency.
What about non-pet animals?
I don’t know of a time that visiting an aquarium hasn’t been a therapeutic experience. The motion of fish moving back and forth, gliding through the water and existing in a world, totally different from our own…it’s incredibly relaxing.
I found out that in Mystic, Connecticut USA there’s an aquarium (The Mystic Aquarium) my dad actually invited me to the first time I had seen him in something like 20 years.
The aquarium actually has a program for children with developmental and learningchallenges enhance their social skills.
It uses touch for relaxation and social skill development.
Fish, dolphins, water animals… they all exhibit a quality that’s almost ethereal, fish especially, being underwater – they’re able to breathe and exist and *be* beautiful without requiring anything except food and occasional cleaning.
Fish are easy to keep, don’t (often) bite, and will definitely keep an open mind, although according to statistics, they forget things rather fast. I’m not sure how true that is though.
The different types of service animals
Here are the differences in different kind of therapy / assistance animals.
Service Animals: Trained professional animals that help people – also known as helper animals or assistance animals.
They’re often trained to perform a specific task such as pressing a button or waking up their person at a specific time.
There are also animals that jump into action if their human comes into harm.
- Guide animals – they guide the blind and visually impaired.
- Hearing animals – signal the hearing impaired.
- Service animals – do work for individuals with disabilities other than blindness or hearing-impaired.
For example autism support dogs – they may help in a social setting being a sort of icebreaker where the owner of the dog finds it hard to start a conversation. Help to reduce antisocial behavior is also something that can be helped with an autism support dog.
Prior to March 15, 2011, types of animals other than service dogs and miniature horses were protected on the federal level.
I think it’s safe to say that
animals are a huge part of our lives and definitely are helpful to us in the autistic community.
I have really enjoyed writing this.
the aspie animal whisperer.