Jacob is so calming…he walks through and he's not yelling or banging on the cages. He comes with a book and his mat and sets it up, and the dogs just listen.
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) sometimes need special care to maximise their social development, and studies suggest that interacting with animals may act as a ‘buffer’ against social stress.
My son has always had a big problem with loud noises and a lot of activity around him.
When he's [at the shelter], he looks like he's pretty focused and he could block a lot of that out. At times he'll cover his ears, but he stays in tune with the dogs while reading his books, so that's pretty awesome to me.
Jacob is part of a group called 'Rescue Readers', led by his cousin, Lindsey, and he has been reading to rescue dogs for the last six months.