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: 1-2 Months

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Distinguishes between parents’ voices and other sounds

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant when the parent begins to talk.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed. Just conversation.

Behavior Observed

The infant’s head turns toward the sound of the mother’s voice.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

The ability to differentiate voices and sounds is important. Recognition of parents is important for attachment. Children can hear the variation in the sounds of a different language that they are used to hearing. Infants can learn more than one language, but differentiation across people is helpful (e.g., one adult speaks one language, another adult speaks another)

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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