Communication between Caregiver and Infant

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  • Relation between Caregiver and Infant
    • Bodily Contact
      • Physical Interaction - particularly important straight after birth
    • Mimicking
      • Infants seem to have an innate ability to imitate carers' facial expression
      • Biological device to form an attachment
    • Interactional Synchrony
      • Actions mirror one another - at the same time.
      • Adults and infants respond in time
    • Caregiverese
      • Adults who interact with infants use a modified form of vocal language that is high-pitched, song-like in nature, slow and repetitive
    • Reciprocity
      • Interaction flows both ways between adult and infant
      • From around 3 months, interaction tends to be increasingly frequent


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