Support for some assumptions about the benefits of pets for children may be inferred from research findings in other areas of child development. It is well documented, for example, that children develop socially and cognitively through their interaction with others.
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Companion animals can facilitate social contacts for children. Thus they may indirectly play a role in the development of language and social competence. Pets themselves, in serving as children’s play partners, provide another object for interaction and challenge children to use different skills as they seek to communicate nonverbally with Fluffy.
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