Observe the infant during face-to-face interaction with an adult and during daily routines.
If the infant does not naturally point or use meaningful gestures (e.g., bye-bye wave), an adult can model to see if the child will imitate the actions.
The infant gestures (e.g. raises arms for “pick me up”).
Infants now understand the meaning of many words and may produce a word for something they desire. Pointing is a key strategy used by infants to share joint attention. They point to show, comment, and ask a question. Pointing helps children learn the labels for objects and people.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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