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

Goal: Children demonstrate a positive sense of self-identify and self-awareness.

Skill Progression: Awareness of self through actions

Age: 6-8 Months

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Aware of effects of own actions versus others

Situations for Observation of Skill

During play with toys or tickle play, watch for the child’s indication that she wants the adult to repeat an action to get an effect.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the adult to play a familiar game with the child (e.g., blowing on tummy, tickling feet, or activating a preferred toy).

Behavior Observed

The infant smiles or laughs, looks at or reaches for the adult or toy, and waits for the adult to repeat the interesting cause-effect action. The infants learns when he can make an effect and when the adult is needed.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Babies need to know they can have an effect on the objects and people in their world. Help early childhood educators and parents understand that children need to have an opportunity to make things happen by themselves, but they also need to know that adults can meet their needs too. Provide a balance of toys and situations for both.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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