North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

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

Subdomain: Motor Development

Goal: Children develop the large muscle control and abilities needed to move through and explore their environment.

Skill Progression: Supine/prone

Age: 8-10 Months

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Prone: Reaches from hands and knees position

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child on his stomach moving into all fours, then into sit.

Elicitation Strategy

Place a desired toy in front of the child when the child in on hands-and-knees.

Behavior Observed

Once on all fours, the child will reach for the toy, supporting herself in a tripod position.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children have different patterns of movement, so note differences, but if movement is functional, that is what is important. Let early childhood educators and parents know that they can support the development of motor skills by giving the child lots of opportunities and reasons to move. Encourage them to motivate children to move by using objects or toys they want in different positions.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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