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Communication in Strollers/Autism Notes

Great minds do not all think alike. In fact, great minds often think very, very differently. That said, early detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can lead to early intervention, and that may make a world of difference. Gooru’s Peek Stroller Mirror is an appropriate tool for certain ASD therapies known to help.

From the National institutes of Health:

When do children usually show symptoms of autism?

The behavioral symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often appear early in development.1 Many children show symptoms of autism by 12 months to 18 months of age or earlier.2,3 Some early signs of autism include:4,5,6

Problems with eye contact
No response to his or her name
Problems following another person’s gaze or pointed finger to an object (or “joint attention”)
Problems with nonverbal communication

Research shows that early detection and early intervention greatly improve outcomes,10 so it’s important to look for these symptoms when a child is as young as possible.11

Early Autism Treatment Includes Slow Habituation to Eye Contact

Massachusetts General Hospital

“In revealing the underlying reasons for eye-avoidance, the study also suggests more effective ways of engaging individuals with autism. “The findings indicate that forcing children with autism to look into someone’s eyes in behavioral therapy may create a lot of anxiety for them,” says Hadjikhani, an associate professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. “An approach involving slow habituation to eye contact may help them overcome this overreaction and be able to handle eye contact in the long run, thereby avoiding the cascading effects that this eye-avoidance has on the development of the social brain.”

Puck Fernsten

Founder, Gooru