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: Motor activities

Age: 21-24 Months

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Sits and rocks on a rocking horse or other rocking toy

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child on a rocking toy.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child leans forward and back to make the toy rock. He maintains balance and does not fall off.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to take children to community facilities (parks, penny horse in the grocery, etc.) to enable them to feel engaged with equipment that goes forward and backward and provides vestibular stimulation.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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