by Linda Mawhinney & Mary Scott McTeague
What is joint attention? Joint attention is the sharing of an experience between a child and a partner.. During the infant stage, this partner is the parent/caregiver. A shared experience is looking at or directing attention to an object or event. Joint attention is an essential skill needed for language, speech, and social skills.
The beginning of joint aftention in an infants can be noted during nursing or feeding, when there is face to face contact. Many times children with significant communication and social impairments have not developed joint attention.
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