Friday, January 4, 2008

eye contact and prevention of autism

jauary 4 2007

Researchers at the University of Washington are starting a $11.3 million preventionstudy.
They want to try to prevent autism in siblings of autistic children.

It's know siblings are at risk to develop autism too.

The study focusses at mothers having more eyecontact.
Children younger than 6 months and their moms are participants.


I'm looking forward to the results of this study.
I doubt if they have taken into account all the other studies than have been conducted already, using the same method of approach.

I have been working with all my children this way.
I wasn't only focussing on eye contact, but on all means to pull these children into our world of experience.

Taking their hands and touching, feeling all sorts of material, temperatures.
Labelling the exoperience.
Using spoken language and having them focus on what I'm saying.

Maybe it has helped a bit.

But I know it has also complicated matters in a terrible way.
Because all of my children have eye contact, their psychiatrists first said they weren't autistic.

But autism and autism spectrum disorders is more than eye contact.
It's about dealing with the world, labelling experiences and being able to deal with daily life, is about planning, flexibility, dealing with lots of different input, feeling OK within crowds, being able to use phantasy to play and solve problems... about everything.

Don't tell me I succeeded with the girls.

One of them is a completely normal kid, but the other has some traits that make her special.. and boy, do I know where these traits come from.

It's what someone said a long time ago:
Maybe you can change the way they relate to the world,
so people won't feel burdened.
But you can't change the way they are.

Well, isn't it always about living up to expectations?
But does it make a person more happy?
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