Guinea pigs are that cute and furry creature that everyone wants to take home when visiting a store for pets. Their smallness and their unusually cute noise makes them a target for young children who want to cuddle with a small animal.
Guinea pigs have also been found to be the perfect animal for someone who suffers with autism. Guinea pigs do not judge, they do not horseplay, and they are small and easily taken care of. Guinea pigs are naturally amiable creatures that fit perfectly in a child’s lap.
It has been found as well that children with autism are more eager to go to school if there is a guinea pig to play with at school. They also tend to show more social behavior and even tend to become less anxious in a social environment.
Researchers, especially in Australia have made this connection and having continued with the theory that guinea pigs can help with the overall lives of autistic children. They add a calming effect which is desperately needed especially among children with disorders.
Scientists who have been testing this theory have done tests with children says Brad Reifler. Each child in the experiment would play with a guinea pig while wearing a wristband. This wristband would monitor their moods through their heart. The results showed that guinea pigs did actually have a calming effect among the children which will prove to be a very helpful piece of information in the future.