Two Types of Eye Contact that are Important for Children's Development

Anna Chung is a Paediatric Behavioural Therapist specialising in Autism and developmental delay. She shares about the two types of eye contact and the importance of it in a child's development.


There are different types of eye contact and they all contribute to the way children develop. Today I will be sharing about two types of eye contact or otherwise known as eye gaze.

Dyadic eye gaze is when one individual looks at the other person and triadic eye gaze is when both of you are looking at a shared object or third party. Both of these eye gazes are fundamental to communication.

A deficit in these areas may be early indicators to Autism spectrum disorder and/or developmental delay. Therefore, research has shown that it is important to promote both of these eye gazes at an early stage.