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Videotaping the child's language-based activities

Why is it important to videotape the language-based activities?

Discussing the language of a 1-3 years old child we need to address:
  • Pre-speech receptive language
  • Pre-speech gestures
  • Pre-speech vocalization
  • Expressive language
Discussing the language of a 4-8 years old child we need to address:
  • Receptive language
  • Expressive language

What to record?

The child is
1 year old

Record how the child reacts to verbal stimuli, and how he/she understands them. Pay attention to any sounds (vocalizations) the child can produce. Give the child simple commands like:

  • "Come to me"
  • "Take this toy"
  • "Give me this toy"
  • "Show me where is …"
  • "Let's clap hands"

Record the gestures the child may display to reach the toy, to attract the attention of a caretaker.

The child is
2 years old
  • Give the child simple commands like: "Give me a cup, a toy, a ball …"·
  • Ask the child a question like: "Do you want to drink? Do you want a cookie?
  • Ask the child to name familiar objects
  • Record any vocalizations of a child, intelligible or not
The child is
3 years old
  • Ask the child to name familiar objects in a picture book
  • Ask the child to go to the playroom and bring a specific toy from there
  • Read an age-appropriate book to a child and tape how he/she listens
  • Ask the child to sort out pegs of two different colors
  • Prepare different shapes and ask the child to point to a circle, a triangle, a square
  • Ask a child to name primary colors
  • Ask the child to count from 1 to …
  • Ask the child his/her name and age
  • Record any vocalizations of a child, intelligible or not
The child is
4 years old
  • Ask to name some letters
  • Try to establish if the child understands the notion of big-small, more-less enacting a play like this: "Let's divide all our blocks in two piles. Tell me in which pile there are more blocks?"
  • Establish if the child can recognize simple shapes: circle, square, triangle
  • Try to establish the understanding of sequence of events: "Tell me what you do in the morning when you get up"
  • Ask questions starting from "Who..", "Why..", "How many..", "Whose.."
  • Ask about the name and age of some siblings
  • Ask the child what he or she is going to do if tired, or cold, or hungry
The child is
5 years old
  • Establish if the child can sort objects on the basis of same shape, same size, same color
  • Ask to count from 1 to 20
  • Ask to count the toys
  • Ask to tell a story presented in a familiar picture in a book
  • Ask the child where he or she lives, what is caregiver name
            
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