Animal-assisted interventions have begun to gain recognition as viable and acceptable alternative therapy approaches for a variety of psychological conditions. Elderly people who experience isolation and loneliness benefit greatly when they get a pet. Likewise, equine therapy has been shown to greatly improve emotional expression in some people unable to exhibit their feelings through more traditional forms of treatment. Other research has demonstrated that bringing a family pet into the home of an autistic child increases their willingness to communicate and interact with the animal and family members. But to date, no research has assessed how children with autism (ASD) react when animals are present in the classroom setting.