North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Health and Physical Development (HPD)

Subdomain: Self-Care

Goal: Children develop independence in caring for themselves and their environment.

Skill Progression: Eating/drinking

Age: 6-8 Months

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Takes one or two swallows from a cup

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant drinking from a bottle and cup, and eating soft food.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult holds a cup to the infant’s mouth and tips it slightly to allow liquid to go into the mouth.

Behavior Observed

The infant leans toward the cup and takes one or two swallows from the cup, but liquid runs out of the mouth.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

The infant is becoming more involved in eating and drinking. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to give the infant as much control as they can handle.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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