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Child development social smile

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Eye trackers and magnetoencephalography scanners detect neural activity and are helping to quantify the early cognitive signatures of autism.

At six months of age, Case 6 was a happy baby. She locked eyes with people and smiled back, reacted when her name was called, and enjoyed playing 'peek-a-boo'. By twelve months, she babbled and knew three words. Six months later, she hadn't learned any new words. She didn't point at things to ask for them, as normally developing babies do at this age. She fell frequently and began hitting herself on the head. At 36 months of age, she was diagnosed with autism.

Many parents whose children have been diagnosed with autism can tell a similar story. The individual details are different, but the global progress of the disorder is the same, says Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, now co-director of the Autism Research Centre at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, Canada, one of the leaders of the study that included Case 6. The girl labelled 'Case 6' was part of a study that followed, from infancy to toddlerhood, the younger siblings of children diagnosed with autism. Baby sibs, as researchers affectionately call them, are at a much higher risk of developing the disorder than the general population. One in five baby sibs will be diagnosed with autism; the prevalence in the general population is 1 in 88.

A child at low risk for autism wears an electrode cap, which captures the faint electrical signals generated by neurons, as part of a study on autism development.

Because the population of baby sibs is almost 20 times richer in children who will go on to develop autism, this cohort is ideal for studying the origins of the disorder. In baby sib studies, researchers record the behaviour, cognitive ability and brain function of baby sibs throughout development, as well as infants the same age who do not have any siblings with autism. By comparing the developmental trajectory of the two groups, they hope to gain a better understanding of how autism unfolds. But more importantly, researchers are on the hunt for markers that might enable them to identify infants at high risk of autism in the general population, while developing earlier interventions.

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by zuz

You know I always felt kinda worried about the play but I just read about studies on laugh (in Mind wide open by Steven Johnson) and how important it is for social interactions. The rough and tumble play seems (according to this study) to be essential in development of social skills precisely because of laughing. They call it the tickling gene. Laughing resides in our reptilian brain, the most primitive part of our brain, the stem. Laughing is protonatural and it is the first interaction you have with your child when they smile at early age. I don't know about your toddler but mine seems to be on a laughing quest

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by zuz

The best way to stimulate your child's social skills is to be in situations that you or your nanny really really enjoy. small but consistent groups. Also to boost her social potential make her laugh as much as she can. Tickeling, anything that makes her happy is going to boost her mood and produce enough serotonin for her to start liking having company in the long run. Peekaboos are the first jokes and the real measurements of your child's social persona.
social behavior with infants and small children is one of the most overrated and misunderstood part of development I can think of

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