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Non-verbal communication is often part of social language, or pragmatics. This includes a child’s ability to make requests and communicate using his or her hands, space, or body language. Non-verbal communication can include pointing, gesturing, eye gaze, signing, making facial expressions, using body language (shrugging, sad/happy face), creating distance between a speaker, etc. Pointing and gesturing is how a child will first indicate his/her wants and needs. These cues generally fade as a child begins to use words rather than gestures by 2 years old. As a child becomes older, he or she will use non-verbal communication paired with words in order to effectively communicate a point (i.e. shrugging when sad).