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: 21-24 Months

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Responds to yes/no questions with head nod or shake (e.g., “Do you want juice?” may not nod “yes” until later)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in daily routines or in play with the adult. Watch eye gaze and gestures, and listen to the words used.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child answers questions with a point, a word, or a shake or nod of the head.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children now understand that things have names. They are learning new words each day. Early childhood educators and parents can now emphasize action words when reading books or talking to children about what is happening in the environment. For instance, instead of emphasizing “doggie,” when he sees a dog, the adult can say, “The doggie is barking.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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