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Joint Attention

Joint attention is the process by which an infant learns to recognize the direction of an adult's gaze, orient their own gaze to follow it, and then look in the same direction.

Some people believe that joint attention is a key skill that needs to be developed before a child can develop other skills such as social communicaiton and social interaction.

There are numerous interventions designed to increase and improve joint attention including Joint Attention Mediated Learning, Joint Attention Symbolic Play Engagement and Regulation, and the Social-Pragmatic Joint Attention Focused Parent Training Programme

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