My son does Strange things with his eyes

I can’t seem to see this anywhere but point me in right direction is I’m wrong. 

My 3 year old son was diagnosed with autism in December by a pedestrian who said there was no need for testing as he had clear signs. He then discharged us and sent a letter of diagnosis. We have up until last month had no support from any other services. He is due to start school in September and the school keep asking why he has been diagnosed so young. That only the start of the problems. 

I have voiced my concerns about what my son does to the health visitor, doctors and pedestrian but I don’t get a straight answer. From the moment he could start walking my son would walk up and down along side the table or door with his head facing forward but looking out the corner of his eyes towards the object. And he would do this for a good 10-15 minutes. For around 3 months he stopped doing it then I noticed he would pick up a toy car or train and move the that object in front of his eyes in the same sort of manner. By the tome he was 2 he was going to group/play theory and he completely stopped doing it for about 6 months. Then he recently started doing it again. When we took him out for the day to Hampton court palace he started to do it on the ropes around the palace. Lots of people where staring at him and if you ask him to stop he gets very aggregated. Could this be a part of his autism? Does it sound like a coping mechanism to stress? I know it’s not a sight problem as he has 20:20 vision

  • I dont know but I've just mentioned on my thread that I used to stretch my my eyes as a kid. Eyes then mouth. I liked the feeling. I got bullied for it even by adults. Now I'm older I stretch my legs, arms, feet, back. No idea why I do it. I'm not formally diagnosed. Just been mentioned by gp and a therapist that I may be asd

  • Yes, it is related to autism and is usually a sensory issue. It's well recognised that autistic people have differences in how they use their central and peripheral vision in comparison to non-autistic people. For some autistic people, their central vision is under-sensitive whilst their peripheral vision is much more sensitive and therefore they will use their peripheral vision much more. Looking at objects in a particular way can be because of under-stimulation and using it to 'up' sensory input to get things 'just right', or he could be using it to regulate and reduce other sensory input (i.e. by focusing on one sensory experience, it can make other ones less prominent) so yes, the fact that he gets upset at being asked to stop suggests maybe it is because he's overwhelmed and this is his way of being less so.

  • I used to analyse shapes in a similar way - I could look at a Matchbox car from every possible angle until I totally understood the shape - the feel, the way light hit all the facets, shine-lines and shadows.   It could be 15 minutes studying one car.    My favourite is still the Iso Grifo - it felt good.

  • I have always been fascinated by the effect that 3 dimensional space has on matter and perspective. Certain object shapes "resonate" with me: angles, surfaces, color, texture...All require examining from a variety of angles, distances and perspectives. i was something that gave me lots of pleasure as a child but was also something that no one outside of my head ever understood. it might be something similar.