Infant responds to social cues. Pre-NLD infant likely responds to talking but has trouble interpreting facial expressions. Infant with NLD symptoms will probably still learn to smile, but in the context of being overwhelmed. Pre-NLD infant may have more difficulty adjusting to babysitters and may find it challenging when new people hold it.
May also experience trouble with transitions, such as staying with relatives, evenings up late, and traveling. These scheduling issues are tough—on varied levels—for any baby, but present extra challenges for babies with pre-NLD signs. Pre-NLD infant will likely love learning to talk, having recognized that language is a survival tool. Around this stage, infant’s neck muscles begin to develop. This phase might be a bit more complicated by emerging NLD, as holding up one’s head and flexing the neck cause new range-of-motion issues that may be happy events for babies without visual-spatial issues but anxiety-causing ones for babies with possible pre-NLD. Similarly, leg flexes will likely be a new thing that takes time to adjust to. Same for solid foods—more time will be needed before a baby with pre-NLD feels OK about them. Pre-NLD infants might benefit from desensitization and talking-throughs before doctor’s appointments, and also rehearsals before they receive inoculations.