Donkey-therapy better than horses for small kids with autism

by Annalisa Lista - 2016.10.14
Donkey-therapy better than horses for small kids with autism
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Contact with donkeys is extremely useful for for small kids with autism. This new project was proposed by the Orthophonology Institute of Rome, Italy. This program that keeps kids in the company of donkeys, started a few weeks ago with already 60 kids enrolled between the ages of 3 and 10. The aim of the program is to improve the kids’ emotional and relational sphere through contact with these 4-legged animals, quite different than horses. With respect to horses, donkeys are smaller and calmer, slower, softer and more patient. This makes them ideal for kids, also because they have no problems being in contact with humans once they have established a feeling. All of these factors make them especially useful in rehabilitation of small children with autism.

Published in Autism, Mental disability.
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