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Research project

In partnership with The National Autistic Society and the University of Lincoln, we completed a three year research project investigating why dogs affect children with autism and the impact on the family as a whole.

The research found that owning a pet dog reduced stress in parents of children with autism. 

Read more about the research or watch highlights of the findings in the short film below:

As PAWS is the first ever project of its kind we were awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant to carry out this research funded by The National Lottery.

We are very grateful to all the families who took part and made it a success.

Read more about other research on the topic here

PAWS research project sponsors