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: Articulation/ sound production

Age: 18-21 Months

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Repeats adult’s words and intonation

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during interaction with adults and others during daily routines and/or playtime.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask unfamiliar observers how much of what the child says is understood.

Behavior Observed

The child combines a variety of sounds in a CVC pattern, and imitates more words, however errors are still prevalent. Familiar persons understand the child more frequently than unfamiliar persons.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents unconsciously learn the substitutions, deletions, and omissions of sounds a child typically makes. They can, therefore, understand the child’s meaning. If adults have not figured out the child’s sound patterns, it is important for the specialists to help them discover the patterns. The child can become frustrated if he cannot make himself understood.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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