North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Social Connections

Goal: Children demonstrate knowledge of relationships and roles within their own families, homes, and communities.

Skill Progression: Demonstrates knowledge of relationships and roles

Age: 8-10 Months

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Approaches other children

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe with another infant of the same age or older if possible.

Elicitation Strategy

Place the infants on the floor near, but not right next to each other.

Behavior Observed

The infant will observe and then move toward the other infant.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Discuss how children learn to separate from their parents. As they begin to sit and begin to crawl they can explore without the parent or familiar adult. However, the infant still needs the reassurance of the adult’s presence. She wants to be physically near the parent. Other people are becoming more interesting and children are particularly drawn to other young infants and young children. Exposure to others expands the child’s social understanding.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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