Joint attention is the ability to share a common focus on something (people, objects, a concept, an event, etc.) with someone else. It involves the ability
to gain, maintain, and shift attention. Joint attention serves as a referencing tool that uses mutual gaze (visually focusing on the same thing) and/or gesture
for communication. Overall, sharing a focus not only helps individuals communicate, but it helps develop important social skills such as bonding and seeing another’s point of view. Joint attention skills can be a predictor of future language development.