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 participate in conversations with peers and adults in one-on-one, small, and larger group interactions.

Skill Progression: Participate in conversations with peers and adults

Age: 18-21 Months

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Responds to “what” questions

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in solitary play and in play interactions with others and/or during daily routines with the adult.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed except for asking the name of an object.

Behavior Observed

The child answers simple “what” questions.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Asking “what” questions gives early childhood educators and parents an opportunity to see what words children know and provide them if needed. Encourage parents to ask, “What’s that?” in picture books and “What do you want?”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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