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: 18-21 Months

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Responds to “What is…” questions

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child and adult reading a book.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult naturally asks the child “What is this?”

Behavior Observed

The child answers the “what” question with a word or a point.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Sharing picture and simple storybooks with the child is an important activity for parents and the child. The child learns to share joint attention on the same picture, acquires labels for objects and actions, gets reinforcement for answering questions, learns to take turns making comments, and discovers the importance of sequence words, pictures, and actions (e.g., looking, talking, turning the page).

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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