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: Language production

Age: 1-2 Months

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Vocalizes to parent’s smile

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant during face-to-face interaction with the parent.

Elicitation Strategy

The parent talks to and smiles at the infant.

Behavior Observed

The infant makes noises in response to the parents’ smiles.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help parents understand that their facial expressions are part of communication. Infants respond to facial expressions before they respond to words.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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