A Key Marker Of Autism May Be Less Face Gazing By Baby.

According to new research in the September issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, leading autism researchers note...
According to new research in the September issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, leading autism researchers note that infant gazing may be one of the very first signs of good social functioning. On the flip-side, if a baby misses this milestone, it could be an early sign of autism. Poor social interactions have long been a key marker of autism. Since babies don't talk yet, most will gaze intently at their caregiver as one way to interact socially. However, researchers in this study found that infants who were in a high-risk group for autism did not gaze at their caregivers as much as babies in the low-risk group. High-risk babies spent less time looking at their caregivers and instead spent much more time looking at toys. If you notice this subtle sign, i.e. your baby doesn't seem to look at you much, it could be worth mentioning to your baby's pediatrician, as it could be an early sign of autism. Note, it's not wise to panic though. Not looking at you much could also mean that your baby has vision problems. Don't jump to conclusions, but do mention it at the doctors. *Source

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