What is Joint Attention



Joint attention is the action of two people sharing a common focus on an object or task. Joint attention tasks can be, for example, rolling a ball back and forth, looking at a book together, or blowing and popping bubbles. The ability to establish joint attention is important for developing social-communication  and cognitive skills. By age three children are able to maintain joint attention with a peer or adult. 

One way to promote joint attention is by playing a game that requires turn taking such as holding a book and having the child turn the page. Additionally, if the child is playing with a puzzle or block, you can take turns stacking or adding pieces to the puzzle. Check out this article below for more information on joint attention!


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