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: Asks questions

Age: 12-15 Months

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Uses rising intonation to request information

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe interactions during daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The infant uses jargon with a rising inflection or one word with a rising inflection (e.g., “Milk?” meaning “Can I have some milk?”)

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help parents recognize the rising intonation and that this indicates the child is asking a question that needs a response. Parents should not ignore attempts at communication, as this shuts the child down.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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