Will my child with autism bond with the dog?

In general, yes, but not in the same way people without autism do. Since children along the Autism Spectrum have difficulty showing emotion, sometimes we can't see the bonding directly and only see the bonding in a reduction of the child's symptoms. As Temple Grandin says, "When you take a drug to treat high blood pressure or diabetes, you have an objective test to measure blood pressure and the amount of sugar in the blood. It is straight-forward. With autism, you are looking for changes in behavior."In most families, the dog bonds most strongly with the other members of the family, not the child with autism, and yet families report that there is a significant quality of life improvement because:

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In most families, the dog bonds most strongly with the other members of the family, not the child with autism, and yet families report that there is a significant quality of life improvement because the child is behaving better, both when the child is interacting with the dog and just because the dog is around. Families report that the dog is a benefit to rest of the family, too, by alleviating some of the stress that comes with caring for a child with autism.