North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Emotional and Social Development (ESD)

Subdomain: Developing a Sense of Self with Others

Goal: Children demonstrate the social and behavioral skills needed to successfully participate in groups.

Skill Progression: Behavioral regulation

Age: 33-36 Months

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Tries to “right” a “wrong,” or fix a situation

Situations for Observation of Skill

Watch the child during daily routines or play activities.

Elicitation Strategy

If no opportunity to observe this behavior occurs naturally, the adult can create a situation. For example, if the child picks up a toy another child or the adult has been playing with, the adult can say or prompt the child to say, “I was playing with that toy.”

Behavior Observed

The child acknowledges the mistake by trying to make it up to the wronged person. The child may offer the offended person an object or try to play with her in another way.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to help the child think about what he should do to “fix” a situation. (“What do you think would make your sister feel better?” or “What could we do to fix that broken toy?”) Parents can be encouraged to model the behavior they want to see in the child.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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