This video requires a membership to the Siren Clip Library. Please log in if you are a member or purchase a subscription.

Communication, joint attention and gesturing

Orson is now able to divide his attention between two points of interest – joint attention. In this chapter we see a lovely example of this new emerging social skill as Mum reads a book to him. We look at the  cues Mum picks up on in the way Orson communicates his thoughts and needs.

Good for looking at

  • Gestures, pointing
  • Books
  • Joint attention
  • Babies
  • Parents
00:07
Communication between mom and Austin
00:09
is getting more complex.
00:11
Because she knows him so well,
00:13
she picks up on all of his movements and notices the way
00:16
he uses his hands to indicate his interests.
00:22
Austin sees and hears the way
00:24
mom points out and names things.
00:27
A big girl is standing up.
00:30
He's getting to enjoy looking
00:31
at books with her.
00:32
Is that a big boy like Sammy?
00:35
Yeah!
00:39
And there's a heart.
00:42
A telephone.
00:44
Yeah.
00:46
Austin is now nine months
00:47
and he's just acquired an important new skill.
00:52
Previously, he could only concentrate
00:54
on one thing at a time.
00:56
When he was looking at the book,
00:57
he couldn't turn in glance at mom.
01:00
Now he can divide his attention.
01:03
Mum talks about and looks at dad.
01:05
Dada!
01:06
Austin follows her gaze
01:08
and checks back with mom.
01:10
This is called joint attention.
01:13
He's realized that mom can be looking
01:15
at the same thing as him.
01:17
The developing cortex is processing information
01:20
from the eyes allowing Austin to follow another's gaze.
01:26
That's a loud noise Austin baby.
01:30
Very loud!
01:34
As both Austin and dad look at the ball,
01:37
he's now able to ask him to do more bouncing
01:39
by gesturing with his hands.
01:52
He's saying do it again.
02:07
Isn't your daddy clever!
02:10
Gesturing with hands will be crucial
02:13
in learning the names of things.
02:16
His handout gesture has developed into proper pointing.
02:21
At first, he uses this to point at things for himself.
02:32
When he points the sponge, mom names it.
02:35
Shows him what it can do.
02:36
And then gives it to him.
02:37
A sponge!
02:40
A sponge.
02:44
He'll used pointing increasingly
02:46
to get what he wants and to find out the names of things.
02:48
Squishy, isn't it?
03:01
He's getting the hang of some of mom's gestures
03:04
His brain has become used to a hands out gesture
03:07
leading to him being picked up.
03:09
Now it's a sign that Austin understands and can reply to.
03:12
Yeah, come on baby!
03:15
Out you get before you get too cold.
03:17
Mhmm?
03:21
Is that nice?
03:23
A nice little bath?
03:24
Mhmm?