Observe interactions during daily routines.
The adult asks the child, “Where is your….?” (e.g., blanky, favorite toy, etc.)
The infant looks for the object requested.
Children begin to understand that a question requires a response. Early questions can be answered with a movement of the head or a point. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to model using a head nod and head-shake to help the child learn the meaning. For example, the adult asks the child “Do you want up?” The adult picks the child up, and the child leans backward and cries (indicating “Put me down.”). The adult can say, “You don’t want up.” Say “No” (shaking head to model).
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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