Observe the infant during face-to-face interaction with an adult and during daily routines.
No elicitation needed.
The child communicates with gestures and jargon.
Parents may worry because the child’s sounds are unintelligible. Reassure them that this is a typical phase, the child knows that connected sounds communicate her thoughts. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to accept the child’s unintelligible communications and use context and gestures to interpret meaning. Then model simple words and phrases in relation to what is meant. “That’s your monkey. Do you want it?”
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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