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: 8-10 Months

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Moves body to get desired object, and uses goal-directed actions with hands and fingers

Situations for Observation of Skill

When the child is playing on the floor, watch her efforts to move toward desired toys or the adult. When the desired object is reached, watch what the child does.

Elicitation Strategy

Place familiar, desired cause-and-effect toys out of the child’s reach.

Behavior Observed

The child uses both large and small muscles to accomplish goals. Once the toy or person is reached, watch what the child does (e.g., activate the toy or indicate with gestures what is wanted from the adult).

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to let children develop autonomy and goal-directed actions by letting them “work” for the desired result. Instead of always handing the child what they want, tell her to get it (placing it so effort is required, but the child is not too frustrated).

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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