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: 27-30 Months

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Speech is 60% intelligible

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during play and daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

Play with toys that represent things that make noise, such as cars, pretend hammers and saws, mixers, etc. Play with the child and talk about what each of you is doing. Play a game where you take turns saying, “Stop!” and “Go!”

Behavior Observed

The child carries on a conversation and talks about actions, and gives commands.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Playing, talking, singing, and reading together promotes language development at this stage. The child loves having a partner and being engaged in activities related to real world routines.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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