Ask the adult about what words the child understands. Ask approximately how many words he thinks the child understands. Observe the child and adult in play or daily routines.
As the adult and infant play, note what words the infant understands.
The infant recognizes and responds to most common words used.
Communicate to early childhood educators and parents the importance of singling out words and emphasizing the label for the object. Make sure the child is looking at the object as it is labeled. Holding the object near the adult’s mouth as the word is said may help the child connect the object name with the object (e.g., hold a ball near your mouth and say, “Ball,” then give it to the infant).
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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