Monday, November 11, 2013

Babies, Eyes, and Autism

Front page, NYTimes, Thursday Nov. 7, 2013:  Scientists have been studying babies' eyes from earliest infancy to detect signs of impending autism.

Not even on the back page of any paper: By engaging the eyes of a newborn and equating eye contact with any other kind of activity, like singing, the child learns a depth of empathy that scientists can't begin to figure out.

By the time the child is a year old it is already too distracted to initiate this kind of focus.  Want your child to be musical?  Give me a call the day he or she is born.  I'll show you how to do it.

Multi-tasking parent faces will not do.