Some individuals with autism respond very well to pets. Some love having a cat or dog around the house or in the back yard, and others enjoy riding horses. Some individuals with autism need a great deal of supervision when it comes to caring for or interacting with family pets, and others are very conscientious about daily feeding and watering and exercise schedules. But some of people with autism are nervous or skittish about being in close contact in spite of their interest in animals. Birds are a good option for individuals who would prefer to observe from afar. Enjoy this Seesmic VODcast about using bird feeders right outside a home window to enrich the lives of your friends with autism. If you are receiving this post via e-mail or podcast, you can click on our website to view the Seesmic VODcast. http://FAQautism.com.
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