In the second analysis, eight autistic children having pets in their home since birth were compared to another eight who never owned a pet. There was no difference seen between the children in this study.
The conclusion resulting from this study exhibits that the children given a pet after the age of five demonstrated a greater improvement in emotional and social development compared to the children having a pet since birth, or those never having a pet in the family at all. Adding a furry pet as a member of a family at the tender age of five or so, promotes additional interaction with other family members, thus encouraging more of a family bond between all members. Just as Dr. Grandgeorge’s research, and other endless studies have proven, a pet will change the whole dynamic of any family, no matter what their needs may be.