How to get spontaneous eye contact when your child has autism

A great way to get your child to look at you on their own is by providing sensory input. Most children like swinging, tickles, spinning, or squeezing; use this as the reward for making eye contact. Make sure you’re within close proximity and begin with a couple of freebies, then stop. Wait for them to look at you, and when they do, provide sensory input again!! Eventually, the child will begin to look at you because they’re enjoying the activity. After a couple of trials of sensory input, stop and walk away. See if they’ll start to approach you for more. If they’re really engaged with your face, use that opportunity to make silly faces and babbling sounds.

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