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: 4-6 Months

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Searches for sounds/voices with his eyes

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant when the adult is talking out of the infant’s line of sight.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The infant looks toward the sound of the adult’s voice.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Explain to early childhood educators and parents the importance of the infant’s looking for voices. This is the foundation for communication. We find the speaker and attend to their voice. Later we attend to the content of their message.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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