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: Dressing

Age: 8-10 Months

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Anticipates adult’s actions and starts to offer arm

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child being dressed.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation may be needed.

Behavior Observed

The child knows the sequence of dressing and cooperates by offering body parts.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents can help children learn independence by involving them in dressing and undressing. Use the reverse chaining approach, meaning let the child do the last step. For example, start pulling the sock off and let the child finish.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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