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 respond to and use a growing vocabulary.

Skill Progression: Respond to and use a growing vocabulary

Age: 10-12 Months

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Produces single, simple sounds/words for familiar objectsto communicate (e.g., “ba” for ball)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with the adult and familiar items.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult may ask, “What do you want?” or hold up a ball, bottle or desired item and wait for the infant to vocalize before handing it to him.

Behavior Observed

The infant will reach toward what he wants and vocalize, often with the beginning sound of the item. Alternatively, the infant may use a sound that is not in the word, but will use the same sound each time to represent the item.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

The child imitates sounds he can make most easily. The easiest sounds are vowels and the consonants made in the front of the mouth and with the lips, such as b, m, d. Attempts to make sounds associated with objects the infant is holding or looking at indicates recognition and comprehension.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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