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 ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.

Skill Progression: Asks questions

Age: 8-10 Months

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Requests actions (e.g., “Up” with arms) and/or requests objects (e.g., reaches toward adult)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant in interaction with the adult.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The infant uses gestures to make a request for an object or action.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help early childhood educators and parents understand the nonverbal communication that the infant uses. “Translate” the infant’s actions and gestures. “He’s asking you to look at his toy.” “She’s moving away. That’s asking for a break.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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