Observe the child in play interactions with others or during daily routines with the adult.
No elicitation needed.
The child uses gestures to comment and give directions to others.
As the child begins to communicate with the specific intention of giving a command, it is important for parents to let the child know they understand. Even if adults cannot do what the child wants (e.g., gets his coat and points to the door), they should let the child know they understand. “I know you want to go outside. We will go out after your nap.” Ignoring the child tells him that communication efforts don’t work. Over time this may reduce his communication attempts.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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