North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

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

Subdomain: Learning About Feelings

Goal: Children identify, manage, and express their feelings.

Skill Progression: Self-control

Age: 4-6 Months

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Resists unwanted actions or objects with expressions of disgust or anger

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during daily routines and/or play time.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation may be needed if the infant does not like certain routines (such as diapering). If the child is typically compliant, assertion of preferences can be seen during play. Present a preferred toy and a non-preferred toy. Once the child takes the preferred toy, remove it and give her the non-preferred option.

Behavior Observed

The child asserts her will by dropping the non-preferred toy and leaning and/or reaching toward the desired toy. Fussiness and negative vocalizations may also indicate desires.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Give the infant choices during the day between two toys. This lets her know she can have some say in her world.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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