Dogs can help families with autistic children
Pet dogs can help to reduce stress in the parents of children who are living with developmental disability autism.
Initial research results have found that having a dog as a pet could help to improve communication and relationships between parent and child.
The results of study, which was conducted by the University of Lincoln, were discussed at a Royal Society of Medicine.
The researchers compared 20 families living with a pet dog to 20 families without a dog and found that dogs can improve an autistic child’s behaviour, particularly where eating, sleeping and tantrums are concerned.
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At a Parents’ Autism Workshop and Support course, the families with a dog as pet and an autistic child praised their canines for the help they have given their family.
They said their dogs were helping their children to develop their language skills, establish a routine and also aiding in requesting an action in a non-confrontational way.
The Dogs for the Disabled charity have said that they have had approximately 1,300 inquiries in the last six months from people trying to find out how dogs can help them if they have a family member living with autism.
Peter Gorbing, the Chief Executive of the charity, said in an interview: “Dogs are relatively low-cost and low-tech.”
“Now is our moment. People were previously sceptical of what role they could play, but recently I have found a more receptive audience. Things are changing rapidly.”
Professor Daniel Mills, from the University of Lincoln, said: “While there is no shortage of opinion on how dogs can help, there has been little money given to scientifically look into this.”
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”