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Study Reveals People with Autism Avoid Eye Contact to Self-Regulate

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Girl avoiding eye contact.
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Baby looking at mother.
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It boils down to avoiding overstimulation


Mindblindness concept child behind frosted glass
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Where did this misconception get its start?


Parents with child at airport.
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Science validates what parents have long known


Girl hugging mother's leg.
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What about missing social cues?


Mother playing with phone while baby watches.
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Many smartphone and tablet apps focus on eye contact.


Friends, five kids from behind, arms around each others shoulders.
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No real evidence for eye contact contributing to real-world adjustment


Boy sitting with his teddy bear.
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Maybe it’s not autistic people who need to adapt


Baby slapping table with hands.
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The history and meaning behind eye contact


Two young girls hugging.
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Perspective is everything


Mother working with child, trying to get even partial eye contact.
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Helping our kids adapt means getting creative