Observe the infant during face-to-face interaction with an adult and during daily routines.
The adult models saying “mama” and “dada.”
The child imitates the adult’s mouth movements and sounds after a pause for the child to process information.
Early childhood educators and parents can stimulate sound production and model mouth movements needed for speech. Parents want the child to say “mama” and “dada,” so modeling these words naturally occurs.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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