Observe the child and an adult playing together.
No elicitation needed.
The infant vocally protests if the adult takes a toy she wants.
Help early childhood educators and parents understand the importance of noticing the way the child is communicating and responding to the child’s efforts: • Imitation of sounds and actions is the infant’s way of saying, “I want to do that too.” • Protesting with vocalizations implies, “I don’t like that.” • Pointing means, “I want that” or “I want to know what that is called.”
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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