Eye Contact & its Effect on Developmental Communication

Anna Chung is a Paediatric Behavioural Therapist specialising in Autism and developmental delay. She shares about the importance of eye contact and its effect on developmental communication.

Eye Contact is one of the most rudimentary modes of communication. It is sometimes referred to as eye gaze or eye to face gaze. It serves as an important social function for young children even before vocal responding begins to develop.

In early development, eye contact serves to regulate face to face social interaction and contributes to the way that we communicate in social interactions. The lack of eye contact in early development could potentially hamper a wide range of social learning.