The Healing Benefits of Pets for Children's Mental Health
Owning pets can help boost children's mental health and their mental strength.
Pets have been part of the family unit for thousands of years, and research shows that they can have a positive impact on children's mental health and wellbeing. In episode 12 of The Better Mental Health Show, host Dr. Christopher Fasano discusses the benefits of pet ownership with Dr. Jen Trochtenberg, a clinical director of pediatrics at The Mount Sinai Icahn School Of Medicine.
Owning a pet can reduce stress and increase relaxation, improve social skills, and teach children emotional intelligence and responsibility. Dr. Fasano highlights the role of pets in therapy for children with autism and sensory processing issues, as well as the lesson of life and finality that can come from losing a pet. Whether it's a dog, cat, or even a fish, owning a pet can help boost children's mental health and their mental strength.
Listen to the full episode now on alcoholfree.com and learn more about how pets can positively impact children's lives.