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 participate in conversations with peers and adults in one-on-one, small, and larger group interactions.

Skill Progression: Participate in conversations with peers and adults

Age: 24-27 Months

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Dependent on the adult to scaffold the conversation

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in play interactions with others and/or during daily routines with the adult.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed for conversation during play.

Behavior Observed

If playing with an adult, the adult scaffolds the conversation by responding to what the child says and offering another comment on topic.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Give parents examples of ways to scaffold a conversation: • Say what you are doing or what you like; • Comment on the child’s action; • Give the child a choice for the next comment e.g., “Do you want X or Y?” • Ask the child a simple question.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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