Joint Attention: What Is It, Why Is It Essential, and How We Teach It?
ABA is a science that allows the teaching of various skills, significant from a social point of view. One of the areas of interest is joint attention, which leads to an important increase in the quality of life for beneficiaries. Some of the component skills are: the ability to transfer our attention from an object to the communication partner and back, the ability to repeat a behavior in order to maintain social interaction; the ability to follow the direction of a person’s gaze, and also the direction in which she points with the finger etc.
The purpose of this presentation is to provide more information about joint attention and its importance, to discuss the assessment of skills associated with this area, and to suggest various ways in which joint attention can be taught to children with autism spectrum disorder. In recent years, this area has begun to be studied more and more, due to the significant impact regarding the evolution of the individual, so it is important that the research results help us establish and structure the objectives of the personalized intervention plans.