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 speak audibly and express thoughts, and feelings, and ideas clearly.

Skill Progression: Language production

Age: 10-12 Months

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Uses social gestures (e.g., bye-bye wave)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant during face-to-face interaction with an adult and during daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

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.

Behavior Observed

The infant gestures (e.g. raises arms for “pick me up”).

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

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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