I started to really notice that Elly would just glance at me for a second or 2 when I was talking to her. I knew she was listening, but started to get worried when she didn’t look at me. My friends kids that are the same age all look at their parents when they are talking. Was something wrong with Elly??? After pondering for a couple days, I decided to call the vision outreach specialist from the Fl School for the Deaf and Blind.
She said that it may one of or both of the following;
1. Emotional maturity (or lack of)
2. And/ or that kids that see double vision may glance for a couple seconds then look away. She may see the best or can focus better on my face from a different angle.
The general gist of the conversation – don’t worry and don’t push the issue. If I want to work on getting more eye contact, be short and simple, ie “Look at mommy when I’m talking.” Then, even if she does for a second, follow up with, “Thank you for looking.” If she makes any effort, give her the credit.
I was very reassured that keeping and maintaining eye contact is a common thing with children with vision impairments. The explanation makes perfect sense and even though my daughter doesn’t gaze into my eyes for great lengths, I know that she is listening to me.