Children's Object Manipulation: A Tool for Knowing the External World and for Communicative Development

  title={Children's Object Manipulation: A Tool for Knowing the External World and for Communicative Development},
  author={Valentina Focaroli and Jana M. Iverson},
  booktitle={The Hand},
The progressive acquisition of manipulative skill is an important developmental milestone. It provides infants with an increasing set of opportunities for knowing the external world and for acquiring abilities also relevant to other domains, most especially social interaction. The ability to use the hands to grasp and extend an object in a directed fashion toward an interlocutor facilitates the establishment of shared attention. Thus, the progression in manipulative ability can serve as an… 
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