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Assistance Dogs and Autism Ranking: Insufficient/Mixed evidence

Future Research

Summary of Existing Research

There is currently insufficient research evidence of a sufficiently high quality to determine if assistance dogs provide any significant benefits for people on the autism spectrum.

This lack of evidence does not prove or disprove the effectiveness of assistance dogs for people on the autism spectrum. It may simply show how little research has been conducted to date.

Recommendations for Future Research

Small-scale, trials on the use of assistance dogs should be carried out on individuals on the autism spectrum to determine:

  • whether this intervention is safe and effective for individuals on the autism spectrum
  • the target outcomes for people on the autism spectrum
  • comparison with other similar interventions, such as the use of therapy dogs
  • whether further, large-scale trials into this intervention are justified.
Updated
26 Mar 2018
Last Review
23 Sep 2015
Next Review
01 Sep 2018