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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?

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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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