Typically developing infants and toddlers learn to communicate withothers long before they begin to emit words. Much of their earlycommunication involves making eye contact to get the attention ofothers, followed by pointing, or reaching behaviour.
Eye contact precedes most of our social exchanges as the speaker and listener acknowledge each other. Some children with developmental disabilities do not make typical eye contact with other people.
Eye contact is an extremely valuable skill as it facilitates us being able to mand– ask for what we want. It shows people we are paying attention to themand that we care. In fact, 95% of our communication is non verbal, andtherefore based on our body language, and eye contact is a major factorin this non verbal communication.
Imagine for yourself what it is like if someone does not make eyecontact with you. You are left wondering whether it was you they weretalking to, whether they want something, or whether you have donesomething wrong!! Eye contact is essentially important!!