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..."People with this syndrome have debilitating sensory as well as cognitive problems. "They have tactile defensiveness," Contractor explained. "They don't look in people's eyes, they won't hug their parents, and they are hypersensitive to touch and sound."...New Clue Why Autistic People Don't Want Hugs
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A bit more fuel to this fire. Personal experience and conversations lead me to believe that a parent might consider this, but formal benchmarks usually seem best evaluated around 18 months.
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