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    "turning on" what in a neurotypical kid is natural experimentation and seeking of new experiences.

    As an example: when our son was a baby/toddler, he didn't put things in his mouth to explore them like most babies do.  Now, in some ways that's great -- no choking hazards from his big brother's toys left strewn about.  On the other hand, it also meant that he didn't feed himself -- he wouldn't hold a bottle or cup; wouldn't pick up a graham cracker and place it in his own mouth.  It took a lot of nudging -- and accidentally touching a barbecued sparerib and transferring the sauce to his mouth -- to break through to the idea that he could feed himself.

    Same thing with walking -- at a year, he could walk, if someone picked him up and put him on his feet.  He could sit -- if some one placed him in a sitting position.  He didn't have the natural urge to try and get himself in those advantageous positions, and as a consequence didn't have the muscular ability/memory to do it.  It took a physical therapist several weeks to break through and get him to experiment with his own body.

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