In this article, we briefly discuss of the nature of joint attention, its measurement, and why this domain of behavior is so important for diagnosis and research with individuals with autism. Criteria in the current nosology related to the assessment of joint attention skills are reviewed. A brief review of the research on joint attention is then provided, and distinctions are drawn between the functional types of joint attention. The importance of joint attention for social and communication development is emphasized, and research on joint attention and autism is reviewed. Finally, recommendations are made for applying our knowledge of joint attention skill to assessment and intervention with children in the autism spectrum.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Health Professions(all)