7 Tips to Help Children with ASD Improve Eye Contact
(courtesy of BEHAVIORAL INNOVATIONS.com)
Eye contact is a nonverbal behavior that most people use without even thinking about it when they are interacting with others. It’s an automatic behavior for most people. They typically never have to think about or practice how to look at others, where to look, when to look away, and everything that comes with making eye contact. If your child is avoiding eye contact, this could indicate autism or ASD. However, this can also be a result of different factors unrelated to autism, like hearing problems, social anxiety, etc. Speak with a behavioral therapist to see if the lack of eye contact is a result of autism or ASD.
Why is eye contact hard in autism?
For many people with autism, making eye contact can be very difficult. As a parent, an educator, or a therapist, it can be challenging to know how to approach the situation when you are caring for or working with a child with autism who doesn’t make eye contact like typically developing children might.
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