An eighteen-month-old child
- Communicates primarily for social reasons
- Perseveres in
conveying her message if it is not understood, by repeating
or altering it
- Attracts people’s attention by looking
at them and pointing at an object or event
- Focuses on
self-directed activities and attention is single-channelled
simple commands, questions and gestures, for example
'come here', 'give to mummy'
- Understands several new
words each week
- Uses 5 - 20 words one at a time
- Names familiar objects
and actions in everyday situations
- Uses the same word
for different reasons, for example, 'cat' could mean,
'Is that a cat?', 'There’s a cat'
or 'Give me the cat'
- May use one word to talk about
things that are linked in some way, for example, 'apple'
for apple, orange and
peach, or restrict word meanings, for example 'apple' refers only
to her apple that she has at dinner time, not to
- Intersperses real words in her babble, for
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