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: Emotional expression

Age: 4-6 Months

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Demonstrates anger and wariness

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe face-to-face play, toy play, and interactions with friends and family members.

Elicitation Strategy

Watch the child’s reaction to non-preferred activities and the introduction of new people.

Behavior Observed

The child growls or grunts to indicate displeasure with an activity, cries with his eyes open, shows anger, or looks away and back, showing wariness.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Demonstrate sounds for the child when the child is pleased (“yum! “yuck!”” uh oh!”). This will model sounds that match the emotions the child is feeling. Respond to the emotions of the child. When the child looks away for a break, wait for him to come back to your gaze before talking.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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