developmental stage called object permanence. At the age of 6 months he learns that an object is unique. Before this stage the baby when he lost something from his field of vision he thought disappears.
At the age of 11-13 months, a very good exercise for strengthening cognitive skills, is learning to discover the hidden object, ” explains mr. Stelios ÎœÎ±Î½Ï„Î¿ÏÎ´Î·Ï‚, Developmental occupational therapist. Initially, you will notice that it is looking in the one place, which could be, and then looking at other options. A simple example is that if you hide the object in our right hand as she looks at the baby and then move it to the left, the baby will be looking in both our hands.
Useful tips on how we can help our baby to find the hidden object:
â€¢ Play games of “who is it?”. Hide something small in your hand as the baby looks at us. Then, we move our hand down a cloth and hide the object, without seeing the baby, we left it. We keep our hand closed next to the fabric and ask, “who is it?”.
The more likely you are to turn straight to the look of it in your hand. When he realizes that the object is not there anymore, then I will look down from the fabric.
â€¢ We strive to maintain alive the interest of the baby. After you have discovered the object with or without the aid of us, let it process it and play with it.
â€¢ The objects that are hiding, make sure it’s appropriate for his age.
â€¢ Before you hide the object we give to our baby to see what it is and to touch it.
â€¢ Give enough time for the baby to search.
â€¢ Help when necessary with expressions such as “look under the fabric or where I hid it?” If necessary, lift lightly on the fabric and let it peek.
â€¢ Hide late the object of giving time for the baby to understand what we’re doing.
â€¢ Other alternative is to hide an object inside an empty box, or instead of fabric, hide a toy under a blanket, in the sand, in a bag, etc.
The baby gradually begins to understand that an object does not stop there when he loses his eyes. The above games help the baby to practice the cognitive skills. If you notice that at the age of 13-15 months, the baby has difficulty or is unable to discover the hidden object, then it is preferable to contact a Development Center for development control.