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 ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.

Skill Progression: Answers questions

Age: 10-12 Months

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Responds to “Who’s that?” with a word or word approximation (e.g. “mama”)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Show the infant a picture of his mother or father.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask, “Who’s that?”

Behavior Observed

Vocalizes sounds representing “mama” or “dada.”

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to share photos or look in the mirror next to the child and ask, “Who’s that?” They can then point to themselves and say, “Mama.” “Rachel” (pointing to the child). Naming familiar people is important for learning to recognize and later use names.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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