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: 54-60 Months

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100% intelligible, though errors on /s, sh, r, l, z, zh, ch, j, th/ may persist

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during daily routines and play interactions.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child demonstrates mastery of most individual sounds and blends.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Observe whether difficult sounds can be stimulated. For example, can the child imitate a sound if the adult models it? Some children cannot say the sound in connected speech, but can imitate the sound when it is modeled. Stimulability indicates the ability to make the sound.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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