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okay so my son g has autism..my daughter c,9 months,does not..as far as i can tell. much dif. as a babe even than ds was..BUT..how much eye contact should i expect from her?? she will look at my eyes but none of that stare at you deeply forever type thing..to be honest i dont know how my babe should act exactly..ive never raised a baby that didnt have autism,only my son before her so im not sure what im looking for here. soooo..help..what is your 9 month old like??
 

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Well, that's a hard question to answer! Our DD is 9 months and she does all sorts of things. I'm guessing you're asking what does she do along the lines of social interaction or other characteristics that might be related to autism.<br><br>
She does make eye contact. It depends on what she's doing and what we're doing. If there's something more interesting going on, like there's a cat or other kids running about, she is not interested in looking at me. If there are no distractions and I'm making faces or otherwise am being interesting, she will look at me a long time, until there's a distraction elsewhere. She doesn't have long periods of staring deeply into my eyes or anything like that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It feels like normal eye contact to me. She is neither seeking eye contact nor avoiding it, if that makes any sense. At times, if she is in a strange place or there are new people around, she will look at me more often, probably for reassurance.<br><br>
One characteristic of autism is playing with toys in a repetitive manner or not in the manner in which the toy was intended. Well, at nine months, she pretty much just bangs everything on the floor or table, and I think at nine months that is normal behavior.<br><br>
Another characteristic of autism is unusual response to sensory stimuli, either reacting too strongly or not reacting. Our DD will startle in response to a loud noise, like the dryer buzzer, and will look for the source of unusual sounds. She likes to look at some lights, mainly streetlights while we are walking at night. She responds appropriately and predictably to things that hurt (falling, shots at the doctor, etc). Along the lines of sensory impairment is clothing... tags can be irritating, certain fabrics can be uncomfortable, pulling something over the head can be intolerable to people with autism. But at 9 months she would prefer to go naked and fusses a little when dressed. I haven't noticed any extreme reaction, like continuing to claw at clothing once dressed, or constantly reaching for a tag at the neckline.<br><br>
Does your DD enjoy watching your DS? I have heard from several parents of children with autism that the first sign they had that something was wrong was that the child would stop paying attention to siblings.
 
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