Pets and Aspergers

Allen Acres August 2014 024If you have a child with Aspergers who interacts well with animals, there’s no need to be surprised. People with Aspergers tend to bond more with animals than they do with people. In fact, many neurotypicals would see Aspies as animal whisperers due to how well they bond with animals.

One time, we visited someone who is a gypsy and she owned some cats and dogs. Seeing as how I like animals, I began petting them and they liked it. When she saw that her animals had immediately taken a liking to me, she was surprised and said it was as if I had a gift where I can bond with animals.

That scenario was a perfect example of how Aspies and animals are like bread and butter. I have a Yorkshire Terrier who I love to be around. I encourage any parent with an Aspie child to get them a pet that they would love to bond with. Whether it’s the classic dog or the trustworthy horse, having pets can prove to be very enjoyable for both the parents and the child.

By Sam Allen

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Jennifer Allen

After an extensive career broadcast marketing, Jennifer and her husband searched for answers when their oldest son hit the kinder years with great difficultly. After finally learning that their oldest son had Aspergers Syndrome, she left her career in television and became a full time mother to both of her sons. Jennifer elicited the participation of her sons and together they produced several independent programs including a children’s animated series titled Ameriquest Kids (now distributed by Landmark Media) as well as her documentary and book titled, Coping to Excelling: Solutions for school-age children diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism or Aspergers Syndrome. The need for more information encouraged Jennifer to elicit a team of autism experts to provide weekly, original content to a website free to anyone seeking to live their best under the diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism/Aspergers Syndrome… appropriately titled:

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2 thoughts on “Pets and Aspergers

  1. Hi I am Donovan

    I have aspergers syndrome, I need help from any reliable source that can help. I have one dog, I have devoted my life to the study of canines. I have found that I can understand dogs and can hold a conversation with them, It is hard to find good sources on this.

    Main idea:One of the downsides of aspergers is that aspies don’t pick up on most social que’s despite high intelligence, I have noticed an unusual connection between those with asperger syndrome and animals. Some aspies seem to be able to understand animals, they read the body language, social ques, and energy of animals like most people do with each other. Below I will put my hypothesis, I will also have sources edited together to support my hypothesis. P.s. I have aspergers.

    Hypothesis: Aspies can understand animals because asperger syndrome protects the primal part of humans and develops it taking from encounters with animals, the growth of the primal part does not stop the growth of the rest of the mind.

    please help!!!!

    • Donovan, I am one of those you describe with Asperger’s and an ability to communicate woth dogs. I have shelves full of dog books, have taken classes on puppy development and socialization, read every book I can afford on dogs and have had dogs in my life since childhood. I am one like you describe that can communicate with animals. Case in point: I went into a yard where two of my dogs were, a golden retriever and a poodle. The golden, Duffy, ran over to the tree, looked at the ground, then jumped back, then looked at me to seenif I got it. I said ”A snake?” He immediately ran and crouched and looked under the rock wall. I said”It went under the wall?” He looked at me like he was pleased I understood. I could not find the snake. My family thought I was nuts when I told them that Duffy told me there was a snake in the back yard and it went under the rock wall. The following day I had to take the poodle to the vet because a Copperhead snake bit him in the mouth in the same back yard. Then my family were not sure exactly how a dog could communicate that to me. They don’t get it. I do.