This is something my DD has been doing for a while, if there is anything really interesting to her like ceebeebees or football!!! she will go right up to the TV to watch it and gets very excited too. Sometimes she kinds of tenses herself up too. We have had a visit off DD Ed pysch this morning and the EP wrote this in her notes and asked whether she had had her eyes checked which she has. I am sure I have read on the interent somewhere that this behaviour can be linked with autism but I have never been able to find it again, Just wondered whether this sounds familiar to anyone or whether it is just one of DD's quirks??? (DD has just turned 3)
Thanks Jimjams, I have mentioned the tensing up thing to DD's physiotherapist before, as she does this when she gets exicted over anything, but the physio thinks it was linked to DD's low tone although she never witnessed DD doing this.
Christina, as far as we know her hearing is okay, she had a hearing test at 11 months which was fine and she doesn't give us much cause to worry otherwise.
They are playing beautifuly together! I am quite amazed as I let them watch far too much stuff on the box. I was quaking in my boots when I told them . But the misbehaviour was TV led so it had to go! Never done it before and must say I am tempted to do it more often!
I'm an optometrist and lot of children are brought for checks because they're standing v. close to the TV. Mostly they're fine, they just like to stand close. I don't think its just kids with special needs, lots of them do it! I think children should have their eyes checked periodically anyway to make sure there are no problems but I woudn't be especially worried.
No offers of solutions, just good to know I'm not alone in this.
I so know what you mean about the TV screen, only minutes after cleaning it, it should be done again. I used to put a little table against the TV cabinet to stop dd getting so close, but know she just climbs up onto it and uses it as a little bench with her face almost pressed against the screen. I've taken it away now, it wasn't solving the problem, and put her in danger of falling off and hurting herself.
DD is due to have her annual eye check soon, so I'll just have to see how it goes!
"the shudder" (tensing up) is a known autistic trait, my DS used to do it but doesn't now. As for standing close to TV, look at hand flapping thread. Could be nothing to worry about as lots of kids do it but if it is perseverative and a way of blocking out other stimuli it could be significant.