North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Social Connections

Goal: Children identify and demonstrate acceptance of similarities and differences between themselves and others

Skill Progression: Identify and demonstrate acceptance of similarities and differences

Age: 24-27 Months

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Notices obvious disabilities and points or makes comments

Situations for Observation of Skill

Ask familiar adults about the child’s comments or interactions with persons with disabilities or a different appearance.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

Adult reports that the child notices and comments on people who look or act differently. The comments are of a truthful rather than hurtful nature (e.g., “His leg is funny,” or “She is fat.”)

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Parents may begin to feel left out as children begin to become less dependent on them. Let parents know that this is a positive step toward independence and expanding the child’s social world.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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