Observe the child with a small piece of food, such as a Cheerio.
No elicitation needed.
Grasp of tiny objects becomes more refined as objects are now picked up between the fingers and thumb, and over time the tiny object moves to between side of the fingers and thumb.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to provide opportunities for the infant to self-feed with tiny bites. This gives the child an opportunity to practice picking up small objects. Provide different shapes and sizes of containers for the child to drop objects into. Large openings are needed at first, so the infant can be successful.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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