North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Health and Physical Development (HPD)

Subdomain: Motor Development

Goal: Children develop the large muscle control and abilities needed to move through and explore their environment.

Skill Progression: Sitting

Age: 21-24 Months

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Sits in a variety of floor positions and different types of chairs

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during the routines of the day.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child will move into many sitting positions, including, circle sit, tailor sit, side sit, straight leg sit, squatting, and sitting in chairs.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Most children move frequently and sit in many different positions. Some children W-sit occasionally. Constant use of the W-sit should be discouraged, as this position may cause abnormal rotation of hips, knees, and ankles that can effect bone formation and gait. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to correct this position when it is observed.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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