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Benefits of Pets for Children with Special Needs

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Benefits of Pets for Children with Special Needs inland respite socal

There's no doubt that pets are special. Dogs and cats give their human owners all they have — their hearts, souls, and their love and affection. They live for us in a sense, their entire existence depending on the love and care we offer them. In gratitude, they are our companions, our friends, our confidants, and our joy. Pets grace our lives in so many ways, and for children with special needs they can make a huge difference in their lives.

Inland Respite offers in-home respite care for parents of children with developmental disabilities, as well as adults with special needs. Based in Southern California, our team of highly-trained and caring companion caregivers offer non-medical services in the comfort of your own home. We can help with daily living needs, daily tasks and routines, and help to maintain a safe home environment. O

ur mission is to provide rest for parents, guardians, and family members from the constant caregiving they perform every day. Below, we'll go over some of the many benefits of pets for children with special needs. Contact our team to learn more today!



Have an Automatic Friend

For many children with learning disabilities and other developmental disabilities, it can be extremely difficult to make friends. As you know, friendships are extremely important in life, as it offers us a sense of community and connection to others. When your special needs child has a dog, a cat, a horse, or another pet, they instantly have a friend. Pets don't judge; they only love. They don't care what you look like, or how you behave. All they care about is you. A pet can fill the void that is left when human friends are hard to come by. Dogs and cats will play with children and sit with them, being a constant presence in their life.


Have a Calming Presence