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 speak audibly and express thoughts, and feelings, and ideas clearly.

Skill Progression: Language production

Age: 15-18 Months

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Uses commands ("Stop it" "Don't")

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during play-time.

Elicitation Strategy

During play with the child, the adult may take one of the child’s toys or do something the child doesn’t like. This may prompt a protest or statement of possession.

Behavior Observed

The child likes to be in control of her things and uses words to direct others.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

The child is beginning to understand that her words have power over others. She uses words to assert herself and control others’ actions. Let early childhood educators and parents know that this is typical and using these words helps the child learn boundaries for herself and others.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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