“Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.”
April is Autism Awareness month, and I’m lucky enough to be part of RJ Scott’s blog hop.
This year’s theme is animals.
Though I love most animals, (snakes will forever make me shudder, I’m afraid) my favourites are probably cats. I have three, and they are stubborn, spoilt, stuck up, and also awesome. Despite causing mass destruction in the kitchen at times, they never fail to cheer me or the kids up when we’re feeling down about something.
While panicking about what to write for this blog post, the lovely Rachel Maybury pointed out several articles that describe how cats have had a positive impact on an autistic child’s life. I’d like to share this one from the Autism Speaks website.
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Thank you for sharing!
Bitten By Design
Thank you for sharing the interesting article. I love cats as well. I live with a cute and really spoiled kitty, and I love her to bits
Thank you for sharing. Who doesn’t love a kitten?
Thanks for writing about this important topic! And thanks for the chance!
I wasn’t goin to wade in. I have been avoiding asdland for some time . But my son was excited to wear a blue shirt to school yesterday . So, I did.
Thanks for participating on the hop! I love this year’s theme. Our cat cheers us up too. Whether with affection or his crazy antics.
I’m learning so much on this tour!
More of a dog person, lol.
My son with autism (and Down syndrome) never paid any attention to our animals until our latest beagle Bella. He laughs and smiles at her. She’s now a certified/registered therapy dog working with children because of her amazing temperament with people of all abilities.
Thank you for the post I love cats to and have seen in the newspaper recently how a cat helped a boy with Autism his family were amazed at the difference in his behaviour.
Thanks for taking part in the hop. We use to have a cat but some of my family members are allergic now so we had to find her a new home. Thank you for the link.
I love cats too. But allergies too severe. It would be heart breaking to introduce a cat, have child bond, then find out they are allergic.
I love cats we have a bunch. That was actually helpful for me today. I have a cousin that has autism and his grandparents are still looking for information. Thank you
Great article! Not to mention an adorable image!
Thank you for sharing!
Snake – eek, I’m with you!
Thanks for the thoughts. I am a cat person too and hours can be whiled away giving the cats all the stroking they think they deserve!
I know a couple autistic kids and animals, especially cats do seem to be a favorite.
You have such a cute cat!
Wow that kitty is so cute 😊
Bitten by Mistake
Thank you so much.
I love your kitty! I really loved the pics of the kitten in the tub with Iris 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
Such a cute photo, and thank you for the post!