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: 10-12 Months

Click here to go to all skills for ages 10-12 Months.

Gives objects to another to request an action (e.g., hands toy to adult to activate) (e.g. “mama”)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant during play and daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The infant hands a toy to an adult when physical assistance is needed.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help early childhood educators and parents understand the nonverbal communication that the infant uses. Gestures are now not just showing an object or requesting an action on the child (“Pick me up.”) The infant now wants adults to do something with an object (e.g., “Will you fill my cup?” “Can you wind up my toy?”) The child recognizes adults as people who can do something he cannot, and his gestures convey a complex request for assistance.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

©2015 by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit