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Jonah—18 Months
(video 19)

Watch to see how Jonah uses language as well as non-verbal communication methods to understand and participate in this activity with his mother, Claudine.

 

To Think About:

  • What are the different ways Jonah communicates his thoughts and feelings during this interaction?
  • How does Claudine respond to Jonah’s actions and words in ways that support his language development?

To Learn More About This Topic:

      What the Experts Say About This Interaction

      What Jonah does:

      • Verbalizes the word bagel, showing his growing language skills.
    • Uses his actions to effectively communicate when he takes the knife with cream cheese on it and points to the bagel, as if to say, Now I’ll do this half.
      • What Claudine does:

        • Uses lots of language to “narrate” what Jonah is doing.
        • Responds to Jonah’s words, sounds and gestures which lets him know he is a good communicator.

        Think About How Your Child Is Learning These Skills

        • How does your child communicate her thoughts and feelings?
        • What are ways you encourage your child’s communication skills?
        • Think of a recent interaction you had with your child.
          • How did he or she let you know what he was thinking and feeling
            • How did you respond? How do you think your response encouraged his or her language skills?
           
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