As a mother of a special needs child, I well remember the feelings of frustration and isolation as I struggled to learn about and cope with my child’s disorders. How I wish that I had known about something as wonderful as Kindermusik back in 1979! Over the years, I have come in contact with many other moms and dads searching for answers, searching for help, searching for support. I still have a very deeply rooted compassion for those parents and their children.
For those of you coping with autism, I wanted to share this article that I read which is about a surprising new study shows that autistic children can accurately interpret the mental state of others by looking at their eyes.
Autistic children are able to interpret the mental state of others by looking at their eyes, contrary to previous research, a new University of Nottingham study has found.
In findings that contradict previous studies, psychologists found that autistic children could “read” a stranger’s mental state based on that person’s eyes. Autistic children have long been thought to be poor at interpreting people’s mental states based on facial expressions, especially expressions around the eyes.
Some researchers believe that this lack of ability could be central to the social problems experienced by autistic children and adults. But the latest findings cast doubt on this hypothesis. A study at The University of Nottingham found that autistic children were able to interpret mental states when looking at animated facial expressions. The findings also suggest that the use of moving images, rather than conventional still pictures, gives a much more accurate measure of the abilities of autistic children.
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