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 use most grammatical constructions of their home language well.

Skill Progression: Use most grammatical constructions of home language well

Age: 15-18 Months

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Produces holophrastic speech (i.e., one word may mean many things)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during daily activities with the adult.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child uses single words, and the adult interprets them as meaning a question or comment. For example, “Mama” may mean “I want you to pick me up.” Or “Mama, give me the cup” or “That’s is my mama.”

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to label items the child is looking at or holding. This will help them learn new vocabulary.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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