North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

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

Subdomain: Self-Care

Goal: Children develop independence in caring for themselves and their environment.

Skill Progression: Eating/drinking

Age: 24-27 Months

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Demonstrates taste and texture preferences in food; makes requests

Situations for Observation of Skill

Interview the adult about the child’s eating habits. Observe the child during snack. Watch the movement of the tongue in the cheeks.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the adult to give examples of breads, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and meats the child eats. Ask the adult to give examples of the child’s preferred foods. Give the child a solid snack that needs chewing, such as a small sandwich.

Behavior Observed

The child eats all types of foods, but has preferences. Some children become picky about what they want to eat.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to provide a variety of foods with many different textures. Children need to experience thin liquids, thick purees, soft, mushy, hard, and chewy foods. All require different types of jaw, tongue, and lip movements and pressure.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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