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 participate in conversations with peers and adults in one-on-one, small, and larger group interactions.

Skill Progression: Participate in conversations with peers and adults

Age: 10-12 Months

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“Talks” with others in back and forth vocalizations

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in play with others.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The infant crawls to others to engage with them. He babbles, uses jargon, and possibly a word in a “conversation” with another.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

As children move around the room, they seek out interaction and conversation. It is easy for early childhood educators and parents to ignore little ones when engaged in another activity. Encourage adults to acknowledge children, talk for a few turns, and then redirect children with a toy or other activity. Children need to know they are important and worthy of attention.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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