In face recognition, children withautism focus on the face about as long as their peers, but tend to look at the right eye rather than the left.
The new research also shows that children with an autism spectrum disorder tend to focus just below the eyes, instead of at the pupils.
Research has shown that children with autism have trouble recognizing others’ emotions and faces. They tend to gaze at faces differently than non-autistic children — such as preferring to look at the mouth instead of the eyes.
This may help explain why they miss social cues and may have difficulty interacting with others.