North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Language Development and Communication (LDC)

Subdomain: Learning to Communicate

Goal: Children speak audibly and express thoughts, and feelings, and ideas clearly.

Skill Progression: Articulation/ sound production

Age: 21-24 Months

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Speech is at least 50% intelligible to unfamiliar persons

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during play and daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

Both familiar and unfamiliar persons understand much of what the child says.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

The child is better able to imitate difficult sound combinations at this stage. Early childhood educators and parents can repeat words the child says incorrectly with emphasis on the sounds omitted, and the child will try to restate the word correctly. Merely restate the word in a sentence without “correcting” the child.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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