Observe the infant during face-to-face interaction with an adult and during daily routines.
If the infant does not naturally point or use meaningful gestures (e.g., bye-bye wave), an adult can model to see if the child will imitate the actions.
The infant produces a label for a familiar object or person.
Infants now understand the meaning of many words and may produce a word for something they desire. Pointing is a key strategy used by infants to share joint attention. They point to show, comment, and ask a question. Pointing helps children learn the labels for objects and people.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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