Communication Matters

How to Build Joint Attention Skills in Young Children with Autism

Chana Feinstein, M.A., CCC-SLP | Posted on November 11, 2018

Joint attention is the ability to shift your attention between an object or event and your communication partner. For example, if a little girl notices an ice cream truck coming down the street, she may look at it, then turn to her father with a hopeful smile before turning back to stare at the ice cream truck. Or, a little boy may be spinning an empty water bottle on the floor, enjoying the movement and shifting colors as the bottle spins. He may look up at his mother and point to the bottle, sharing his enjoyment with her.

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Tags: talking, Learning, Language, Communication, Autism