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: 30-33 Months

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Produces utterances that describe physical characteristics (“big doggie”)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Read a book together about something that is familiar, but not present at the time (e.g., a trip to the park, the zoo, etc.).

Elicitation Strategy

Comment on, ask questions about, and discuss the various aspects of things in the book.

Behavior Observed

The child converses about a topic that is familiar to him, even if it is in the past.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Having two-way conversations builds narrative skills. Encourage parents to talk about previous activities, such as going to the store, visiting a grandparent, going to a party, and so on. Ask about what happened, how she felt, what she liked, disliked, etc.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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