The child lives in his own world, avoids cuddling and any eye contact, is a slow developer, and engages in repetitive movements, the most common being body rocking.
This is a state of withdrawal from any contact. It is a condition that affects about one in every 3,000 children, boys more often than girls, and appears during the first three years of life.
This is a complex condition: seek the advice of a practitioner.
Reviewed and Edited by Di Strang and Fran Music. Di has over 10 years of experience in the natural health industry. She lectures on children's health at one of Sydney's Naturopathic Colleges and has a busy practice which is focused on children's and women's health. Fran Music is a well known Sydney naturopath who has been in practice for over 18 years. She lectures in a variety of subjects at one of Sydney's Naturopathic Colleges.