Why does my toddler use my finger to point?

Pointing is a very important developmental milestone for your baby. Some toddlers point independently towards things and some need their parent’s fingers to point specific things tey need. So Parentrs may think ” why does my toddler use my finger to point?

I consider this pointing is a huge milestone of your baby’s deveopment? It begins 7-15 months of age.First babies use the whole hand to point things and with the they used to point with their index finger at nearly 6 months of age.

Sometimes most parents worry that their kids are having autism or related neuro developmental illness.

Mainly it is the main way of communication with you and other people. This is commonly happen when your toddler don’t speak a word with you and they start only babbling things.This is a early communication and interaction method of toddlers.They show interests,disires and share informations

Why do your toddler point?

In the beginning, pointing is the main communicative way for your child. They use this to share their information with you. Firstly they communicate their interests and desires with you.

If your toddler is not still using a few words to say “look at this”, Then they show something by pointing. They want you to look at the specific things in the environment. They drew adults’ attention to something they need to communicate.

Also, tell you what they need to tell by pointing. This is the starting point of labeling things. Labeling things extends to identification and confirming their memory to specific things they saw early. After they need the particular thing to own it.

Meanwhile, your toddler will indicate something is no longer there by pointing. They need you to find a specific thing for them or “where is? “.So this pointing devides into two kinds

Imparative pointing – To drow someone’s attention

Declarative pointing – To ask for something

Why pointing is so important for your toddler?

If your child starts point with their own finger or with paremnt’s finger, I sugest that this is something celebrate. Yes, your toddler or the infant has reached certain very important social or commiunication skill. This is actually a landmark of their development journy.

By doing this baby gets someone’s attention and they send you all a message to influence your type of action to do what they need. More your toddler points things early in their life, better the language abilities are with them later i life.

Pointing selects specific topics in the environment to talk about for your kid. They need adults to label things for the in the surrounding environment. By this way most infantscand toddlers start to learn lot of words fro the things they see.So this is a strong link to language development.

Some researches found that constant pointing of your kid is a early sign of language dalay some times.But I would strongly suggest that if they show pointing things,their language ability is no more a dream. So dear parents,this is actually a green light in your kid’s development.What do you think? All you are welcome to comment your idea about this below in comment area.

Signs of having difficulty in pointing

  • If your kid is struggling to point things they near by,these kids sow few body language types to say that indirectly.
  • they use their whole hand to point the thing they need to address
  • They are struggling to use their own index finger and they try with their parent’s finger to do that
  • Use their eys to show things
  • Need to physically take you to the object
  • Not using words and they try to use whole thing to talk about

The ways of encouraging pointing.

You need to findout a way of teaching the pointing activity for your kid.As a therapeutic suggestion I can introduce an attractive arrow symbol or a picture of a big index finger will do this for you.

You can paste this picture in a cardboard and cut it with a preffered dark coloured margins and start using with your kid. You can start pointing to yourself. So use creative words,body postures and actions to introduce yourself to your kid. Your baby understands what is pointing is all about.

Later you can point things little further away and introduce to your kid. So use funny talking method and enjoy the activity with your kid.It will gradually enhance the vacabluary of your kid.

Pointing opens a new window to enhance communication skills of your baby before words

Is lack of positionnig a sign of autism

If your baby is not pointing with their index finger sometimes can be considered as a red flag of austim. Some experts suggest that pointing or the hand labeling is a core dissability associated with early autism.

Some toddlers are struggling to show an item to parents.They are having difficulty in reaching to be picked up both hands and waving head to say “yes” or “no” for a request.Some times kids are shaking their hands instead of pointing. So these catogory of kids can considered as a deviated set of kids from the typically developed kids.So it may be early sign of autism and you may need professional assistance for further sorting out.

Final thoughts

If your kid points things very well,then be happy and celebrate with your kid. This resembles that the kid has reached his/her very important developmantal milestone.Don’t worry about the pointing pattern.Sometimes they use your finger to point or independently use their index finger to point things

Kids make their own communication channel with other people to fulfill their needs and express their ideas about things they nee and things they see in the environment. Also they points towards the simmillar things they remember but currently they can’t see.

Dear parents, you need to consider if your child shows lack of pointing even if they reached at the age of 7-15 months.It may be one of a red flag of a neuro developmental illness such as autism or related spetrum type disorder.Don’t hesitate to get the medical attention in that instances.

Iti is advisable for you to think your own creative ways in improving pointing ability of your kid.Teaseachers found that early poiniting ability improves in developing the verbal skills f your kid later in developmental journy.

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