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Friday, April 8, 2016

My Little Cricket’s Delay: JASPER Mommy and Me 8: Programming for Joint Attention

Joint attention is one of the most difficult things for kids with ASD to achieve. It is important to know your child’s strengths and weaknesses and to fill in the parts that they may be missing.

- eye contact
- gesture (point, show, give)
- language
- affect and facial expression

During JASPER we want to always model joint attention and gestures, pepper it in with the play as much as you can. To help facilitate joint attention you can use several tools like high affect, being goofy, or playful obstruction. When engaged with the child you can offer prompts like ‘can I have a turn’, ‘give it to me’ or offering a palm out gesture (give it to me). If you catch a subtle gesture, shape your child’s gesture or interaction. For instance many ASD children will show something to someone but face the object toward them. To help shape their gesture you can physically help direct and extend their arm to show it to you.

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