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Question about pointing

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justbrowsing Sat 06-Jun-09 17:02:09

have posted this already in behaviour but somebody suggested I post this here too...


DD is lovely and seems on track with her development however I have noticed that some of her little friends have started pointing a lot while she is not really interested.

She has started doing it recently but it is only to get my attention for something she wants: the phone rings so she will point at the phone because she wants to speak to granny, she sees her milk bottle and she will point at it until you give it to her. Same for all sorts of toys or food she wants.

Two things I have noticed:

1) She doesn't really finger point, mostly is the open hand gesture in the direction of the object she wants. She has finger pointed only a couple of times

2) she doesn't point to show me something of interest so far or to share something she likes

Is this the right pointing I should be looking for, or it doesn't count if she's just showing me what she wants and is not interested in sharing her excitement about something with me

bubblagirl Sat 06-Jun-09 17:12:37

how old is your dd?

justbrowsing Sat 06-Jun-09 17:21:11

thanks for reading this..
she's just turned 14 months

MannyMoeAndJack Sat 06-Jun-09 17:23:35

Any pointing is good pointing!

There are two types of pointing:

- Imperative pointing is when the child points to an object that he/she wants an adult to get for him/her

- Declarative pointing is when the child wants to share something with the adult -(joint attention)

Both types of pointing combine sharing and socialising.

If your dd is under 18mths and is pointing, then that is great!

Phoenix4725 Sat 06-Jun-09 17:24:39

its good thats shes requesting things other than that has she met her miles stones, ds never pointed till he was 3 then only had to teach him and even now uses hand rather than fingers

TotalChaos Sat 06-Jun-09 17:27:22

try not to worry yet, 12-18 months is the normal range for pointing, so no need to worry till 18 months anyway. what you describe re:pointing sounds v. encouraging.

bubblagirl Sat 06-Jun-09 17:28:30

i would say yes at 14 mths pointing in any way is great and this with understanding and getting older sounds very positive if at 18 mths and not pointing at all i would mention to hv but you'll see now your worrying you'll notice her pointing much more lol

shared attention is normally forming around this age so just enjoy if still worried at 18 mths then speak but i think she'll be just fine

my ds didnt point until around 2.6 before that he just whined and took me to what he wanted or i just had to guess

bubblagirl Sat 06-Jun-09 17:28:58

xpost with tc

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