Goal: Improve Joint Attention

Long Term-Ultimate Goal:

The client will demonstrate joint attention 3 times per day with a variety of activities. 

Download the No-Prep Therapy Kit:

We have a start-to-finish therapy kit that will give you everything you need to practice this skill in therapy and send home homework.  Click the packet below to open it.  Then, print it out and place it in the child’s notebook or binder.

Therapy Phases:

  1. Responding to Unexpected Stimuli: The client will react appropriately (e.g. look at stimuli, change facial expression, etc.) to an unexpected stimuli (e.g. doorbell ringing, blocks falling over, etc.) on 4 out of 5 opportunities.
  2. Acknowledgement of Others: The client will demonstrate recognition (e.g. looking, seeking response, etc.) that a partner has joined/moved closer to their activity on 8 out of 10 opportunities.
  3. Others to Take Turns: The client will continue preferred activity and allow the partner to take turn(s) on 8 out of 10 opportunities.
  4. Attending to Activity: The client will shift attention (e.g. looking, seeking response, etc.) to an activity initiated by the partner on 8 out of 10 opportunities. 
  5. Taking Turns: The client will take 3 turns during an activity following no more than 2 prompts. 
  6. Sustained Joint Attention: The client will demonstrate joint attention (e.g. looking, seeking response, taking turn, etc.) for 2 minutes with no more than 3 cues.
  7. Carry Over of Joint Attention: The client will demonstrate joint attention 3 times per day with a variety of activities. 

Supplemental Materials

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Training Videos:

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*** The SLP Solution is for informational and educational purposes only and does not provide medical or psychological advice.  We provide general resources but cannot tell you exactly what should be done for a specific client.  Every client is different and your clinical judgement should be used when making decisions about specific individuals.


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