"I Can't Get My Child to Pay Attention to Me!"       

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

“I Can't Get My Child to Pay Attention to Me!”


It’s a phrase we often hear when speaking with a parent who is coming to us for advice.


Children often learn play skills through imitation. But before we can address imitation, we have to address attention. The chances that a child will copy us without awarding us their attention are pretty slim to none. What we’re looking for specifically is called joint attention - you and I, attending to both each other and an object or activity. Joint attention is foundational for learning and social skills.