In a recent article on the early development of autism, Warren Jones and Ami Klin from Emory University research on two to six months children with autism. The eye contact researches got surprising results: At birth, the baby with autism has normal eye contact! This discovery has brought new dawn to the treatment of autism.
Eye movements are widely used observational indicators in autism studies and infant studies. Previous studies have shown that when watching videos, the proportion of normal infants who are 6-month old looking at the eyes is high; after that, peers diagnosed with autism are less likely to stare at the eyes and often stare at the mouth and body. Or objects, etc. look. This abnormal eye-gazing pattern can cause children with autism to lose a lot of facial information during communication and lose communication interests.
The eyes contact of the infants who were later diagnosed with autism were intact at the time of birth. It was only after 2 months that their eyes contact began to decay. This result refutes previous hypothesis that the researchers believe that the fixation defect is a natural one. If the infant with autism can maintain this congenital eye movement pattern of eye gaze, perhaps people can intervene in the development of autism.
Therefore, if parents observe more of their children’s eye contact and detect differences earlier, they may be able to grasp the prime time and allow their children to undergo early assessment and early intervention.
Full article can be found at: Hong Kong Anan International Autism Education Foundation
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