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 understand communications from others.

Skill Progression: Understand communication from others

Age: 18-21 Months

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Understands “what” questions

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in play with the adult or another child.

Elicitation Strategy

The child may spontaneously use pronouns or answer “what” questions. If not, the adult can elicit these by using them in play. For example, ask, “What do you want to play with?” During block building the adult might say, “My turn.” “Your turn.” When the blocks fall, the adult can say, “That makes me sad!”

Behavior Observed

The child responds to “what” questions by pointing to or naming an object.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents can determine the child’s comprehension of vocabulary by asking “What” questions? For example, “What do you want to drink?” When children are learning words, give choices. “Milk or juice?”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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