- active group showed a preference for faces over objects whereas the passive group had no preference
- the social preferences of the 3 month olds who received the sticky mitten training were simliar to the 5 month old social preferences in the control group
- regardless of any group, the more the infants practiced reaching the stronger their preference for faces
Here are some thoughts I had about this study. What does this mean in terms of adapting the environment for young infants with disabilities? At times, therapist may choose not to adapt the environment for an infant to give them time to learn the skills first. When you read this small but interesting study one has to question is this the best choice? Should we, as therapists, be offering suggestions to adapt the environment for infants as early as possible to promote social and cognitive development? When you have an infant with an extensive medical history that is high risk for being diagnosed with a developmental disability at what age do you start to adapt the environment or provide adaptive equipment? Do you start as young as 3 months?
Another interesting point from this study is to perhaps try this velcro mitten with young infants who are at risk for developmental delay to encourage social development.
Want to read more on this topic? Read this previous post on walking and social interactions.
Reference: Early motor experiences give infants a social jump start. Retrieved from the web on 9/10/11 from http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-09-early-motor-infants-social.html