Study Finds Autistic Babies May Not Respond to Tickling
A new study has found that babies with autism may not respond to tickling in the same way that non-autistic babies do.
What the Study Found
The study, conducted at the University of California, San Diego, looked at the responses of babies with autism and non-autistic babies to being tickled. The results showed that:
- Non-autistic babies typically responded to tickling with laughter and smiles.
- Babies with autism did not show the same reaction.
- The study suggests that babies with autism may not be able to process the feeling of being tickled in the same way that non-autistic babies do.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Rebecca Landa, said that the findings could help parents and caregivers better understand the reactions of autistic babies.
Implications for Autistic Babies
The study’s findings could have implications for the way parents and caregivers interact with autistic babies. Dr. Landa suggests that parents and caregivers should be aware that autistic babies may not respond to tickling in the same way that non-autistic babies do.
Instead of relying on tickling as a way to interact with autistic babies, Dr. Landa suggests that parents and caregivers should focus on other activities that can help to engage and interact with autistic babies. These activities could include:
- Reading – Reading stories or books to the baby can help to stimulate their senses and build a bond between the baby and caregiver.
- Playing – Playing games with the baby, such as peek-a-boo or simple puzzles, can help to engage the baby and build their cognitive skills.
- Singing – Singing songs to the baby can help to stimulate their senses and can also help to build a bond between the baby and caregiver.
The study’s findings could help to further our understanding of how autistic babies process different stimuli. Further research is needed to better understand the reactions of autistic babies to different stimuli and how this can affect their development.