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 speak audibly and express thoughts, and feelings, and ideas clearly.

Skill Progression: Articulation/ sound production

Age: 15-18 Months

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Attempts to combine consonants and vowels into words

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant during face-to-face interaction with an adult and during daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child attempts to combine sounds to make a blend, but often deletes a sound. Many beginning or ending sounds may also be omitted.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

The infant is now using words, but may not have the correct pronunciation. Sounds may be omitted in different parts of words. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to model the correct pronunciation, but not make the child feel like she is wrong. The child may begin to feel insecure in communication and decrease her efforts to talk.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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