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October 25, 2010

A dog’s presence helps reduce stress hormone levels in autistic children

The last issue of University of Montreal’s Forum reports the results of a research project that included two authors who are members of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress; namely, Dr. Sonia Lupien and one of her graduate student, Geneviève Arsenault-Lapierre.

The research project demonstrates how introducing a MIRA dog into the lives of autistic children can decrease their cortisol levels, an important stress hormone, and also considerably decrease different problematic behavior among these children.

Read the Forum’s article (available in French only).

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