Have you ever wondered if a child is “just a late talker” or if there’s a larger problem?
Research reveals that there are several risk factors that let us know that a child’s late talking is likely a part of a child’s developmental delay, rather than the only issue.

Let’s look at what is joint attention. Joint attention can also be called “shared attention” and it occurs when two people focus on the same thing. Joint attention is the child’s ability to shift his attention between an object or event and another person. Three participants are involved in this “triad” of attention – the child, you, and the item/occurrence.

Why is joint attention important for speech and language development?Joint attention is a social skill, meaning the way a child interacts with other people. That’s what communicating is – a way of interacting with another person. Communication begins with this shared attention and engagement piece. When a child doesn’t notice that you’re trying to get him to include you or share an experience, there’s not much real interaction going on between the two of you.

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