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: 12-15 Months

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Points to request information or an action

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child and an adult playing together.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The infant indicates the toys she wants by pointing and reaching.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

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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