Observe the child in interaction with the adult within daily routines.
No elicitation needed.
The child expresses a desire to do things such as dressing and toileting independently. May say, “I do it!” for pouring cereal, buttering bread or other tasks the child is learning.
The child’s efforts at self-reliance, though positive, may be frustrating for harried, hurried parents. Help parents know how to come up with two choices for what to do or how to do it. For example, “I will put your pants on. Do want to put your head in the shirt or your arm?” This gives the child the control she wants.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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