Forging Furry Friendships: How Human-Animal Interventions Can Support Autistic Children’s Well-Being

In this webinar, you’ll learn about the science of human-animal bonds and specifically how animal interventions can support autistic children’s well-being.

Humans and animals have long had special bonds… but why? In this webinar, we’ll explore this question from a scientific perspective. Then we’ll go more in-depth to discover how animal interventions can support some autistic children and their families. We’ll learn from Leanne Neiforth and Sarah Leighton about their work in this field and gain practical tips for forging meaningful—and furry!—friendships for the autistic children you care for.

Specifically, this webinar will… 

  • Examine the special relationship between humans and animals.
  • Review recent research around animal interventions for autistic children and their families.
  • Describe ways families’ pets or support animals can help autistic children through everyday routines.
  • Outline next steps for families interested in finding a pet, support animal, or other animal-based resources.

Meet our guests:

  • Leanne Nieforth, MS, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Human-Animal Interaction in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. You can learn more about her work by visiting https://leannenieforth.com/. Or visit  https://vet.purdue.edu/chab/ to stay up to date with the latest research from Purdue University College of Veterinary medicine Center for the Human-Animal Bond.
  • Sarah Leighton, MS, is a PhD Student at the OHAIRE Lab in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Arizona. You can learn more about Sarah’s work by visiting https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahcleighton/ Learn more about OHAIRE Lab at www.humananimalinteraction.org and give them a follow on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn) @ohairelab

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