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: 6-8 Months

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Vocalizes to protest

Situations for Observation of Skill

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

Elicitation Strategy

The adult may elicit a protest by removing something the child wants, such as a toy or bottle.

Behavior Observed

The infant uses a loud vocalization or cry to protest.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage the adult to interpret the sounds the child makes as having a communicative intent by commenting on what he thinks the child wants. For example, say, “Oh, you want the bottle back?” and hand the bottle back. Or, “You like me to blow on your tummy, don’t you. Here I come again!” These communications let the child know that her vocal efforts are read and responded to, thus encouraging further vocalizations.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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