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Linda—18 Months

Watch to see how Linda is learning language through this playful moment with her mother, Alice.  What do you see Alice doing to encourage Linda?

To Think About:

  • What communication skills does Linda use?
  • How does Alice read and respond to Linda’s actions and words?
  • What might Alice be learning about talking and listening as she plays with Linda?

To Learn More About This Topic:

What the Experts Say About This Interaction

What Linda does:

  • Shows curiosity about the snow.  Explores it to figure out what it’s all about.
  • Starts playing a game with her mom by handing her snow.  (Repetition is how very young children practice and learn new skills.  Back-and-forth games like this are also good practice for how a conversation works.)

What Alice does:

  • Responds to Linda’s gestures by saying, “What’s that?  Snow.  It’s cold.”  By using language to describe the snow, Alice is helping Linda develop both language and thinking skills.

  • Follows Linda’s lead and plays a back-and-forth game, handing each other the snow.  This teaches Linda about taking turns. It is also a “conversation” through action.

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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