Autism immerses 2-year-olds in a synchronized world

Toddlers with autism may closely monitor co-occurring sights and sounds, resulting in a neglect of social signals

By Bruce Bower, 17:22 PM March 27, 2009

When 2-year-olds with autism look at someone’s face, they may crave synchronized detection rather than social connection. Toddlers with this developmental condition track sounds and sights that occur together, such as a mother’s lips moving in time with sounds coming out of her mouth, rather than social cues, such as the gleam in that same mother’s eyes, a new study suggests.

Locked in a world of co-occurring sound and motion, youngsters with autism neglect social signals that critically co...

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