Observe the infant in interaction with an adult who is talking to the infant.
Ask the adult to imitate the infant’s sounds. Give the infant several seconds to respond before repeating the interaction.
When the infant makes sounds and the adult imitates these sounds within the child’s repertoire, the infant is stimulated to repeat the sounds to get another response. This is the beginning of a conversation.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to have conversations with the infant by taking turns with sounds. Have the adult imitate the infant’s sounds. Give the infant several seconds to respond before repeating the interaction. It is important for adults to begin this early turn taking in talking and in play.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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