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: 4-6 Months

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Demonstrates pleasure and displeasure by vocalizing

Situations for Observation of Skill

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

Elicitation Strategy

After engaging the child in vocal play, the adult stops interacting or does something nearby.

Behavior Observed

The child demonstrates emotions through facial expression and vocalizations.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to pay attention to the intonation and pitch of the child’s vocalizations as expression of emotion. They should respond to the child’s feelings in words and actions.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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