How to improve eye contact in children



I have been meaning to post this since last week…but have been so busy at work..and home…school…homework…back-to-school….baseball…soccer…religion…etc…I just have not had the chance to post about an amazing session I had with a little one I see for services…and his bother who presents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  What is great about my job is that I have the opportunity to co-treat with many of my colleagues….and what do I enjoy about this?: I learn from them and they learn from me.

Well last week…the little boy I see for services has a twin brother with an autism spectrum disorder (I try to co-treat with the other specialists so that the twin boys start to engage more typically)……….WELL…….the ABA teacher had the above glasses in her bag of tricks to work on eye contact…frequently a weakness with kids on the spectrum.  The glasses you see above…the mirror and the silly clown nose…are all used to encourage eye contact.  They are all so motivating and fun….all kids would want to wear them…and yes…this is what happened!

I have to say…how amazing it was to see NK (to keep him anonymous)….looking at his ABA teacher (and his brother) when they both had their glasses on……and how she encouraged eye contact….and how he looked to make eye contact with her.   Nancy is her name (his ABA teacher)…and she does a great job working with little NK…and I so much enjoy my sessions with his brother AK….it was great to see the two boys during this session…..wearing glasses…and making eye contact with each other…

I believe the only way we become better therapists is by collaborating with the team…working to help the families help their little ones succeed.   It has been a pleasure working with the K family…and thank you to my colleague Nancy for this great strategy!!

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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6 Responses to How to improve eye contact in children

  1. Teresa Kay says:

    We are so blessed to have such dedicated specialists working with our little boys. It’s amazing to watch their progress. We love you.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Teresa! I need to post about the parachute as well…will do…because it was just incredible to see the two of them interacting so well. 🙂

  2. Adriana SG says:

    Oh my good!!! Thank you… thank you… THANK YOU.. so much for this great idea, my son who’s 26 months is going to a developmental school for his early intervention program and they just told me to work on his eye contact.. this just came on the perfect time… 🙂

  3. Amanda Rossi says:

    This is so inspiring. Thank you for all your hard work and excitement in the progress of my little brothers 🙂

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