Aureus Medical, a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, shares research on how dogs can help kids with autism

Omaha, NE, (May 7, 2014) - According to a new study, children with autism can find essential companionship with the family dog, a point of interest for travel therapy professionals who work with children who have autism. Travel therapy jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, shares information on how dogs can help kids with autism.

For the research, a team of investigators from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine interviewed 70 parents of kids with autism. The researchers found that almost 2 out of 3 families owned a dog, and of those, 94 percent reported that their children formed a bond with the four-legged friend. What's more, even in families without canine pets, 70 percent of parents said their children with autism liked dogs.

"Children with autism spectrum disorders often struggle with interacting with others, which can make it difficult for them to form friendships," study lead author Gretchen Carlisle, a research fellow at the university's Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, said in a school news release. "Children with autism may especially benefit from interacting with dogs, which can provide unconditional, nonjudgmental love and companionship to the children."

Dogs may serve as a social lubricant for kids, Carlisle added. For instance, children with autism may find it hard to interact with other kids at school and in the neighborhood. Yet if the autistic students invite their peers over to play with the dog, then the pet can act as a bridge of communication between them.

As those working on travel therapy jobs might know, working with patients with autism can be challenging to connect, but bringing up the subject of a pet could help engage them.

Read the full article for more information on how dogs can help kids with autism.

About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide.  With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.  Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.