Shaping the communicative landscape: The dynamics of infant locomotion and caregiver communication during everyday interactions

Joshua Schneider & Jana Iverson
The transition from crawling to walking is accompanied by gains in infants’ other abilities—better ways to move, see the world, and engage in social interactions (e.g., Adolph & Tamis-LeMonda, 2014). Do the gains associated with walking extend to the communicative behaviors of caregivers? Thirty infant-caregiver dyads were observed during everyday activities at home during the two-month window surrounding the onset of walking (M = 11.98 months, range = 8.74-14.86). A consistent pattern of results emerged:...
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