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Babies Learn to Pay Attention Via Velcro Mittens

Through a process called developmental cascades babies can benefit by learning certain motor skills early. Studies have shown that babies who repeatedly practice reaching for an object early will obtain higher levels of focus later on.

As Amy Needham, professor and chair of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development says: “This research tells us that babies are having experiences early in life that they build on and that provide a foundation for further learning,”

Velcro gloves are one way that babies can improve their interests in reaching for objects. These gloves have an element that makes objects stick to the glove, which makes them easier for babies to grab. Infants are more interested in reaching for objects if they have an easier time grabbing hold of them.

Klaus Libertus, a research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh says: “It is amazing to think that roughly two hours of additional experiences with successful reaching at age 3 months led to changes in the infants’ exploration and attention focusing skills after 12 months”.

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