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: 10-12 Months

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Exhibits separation distress

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in play with the parent in the room.

Elicitation Strategy

After several minutes of play, ask the parent to leave the room for a minute or two.

Behavior Observed

The infant will look for the parent, may crawl after the parent, or cry.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help parents understand the attachment/separation process. The infant still needs the parent for comfort, so they like to know the parent is near. When the parent leaves, the infant becomes unsure and cries. This is just part of the process of the child learning he can be independent and still be fine. As he becomes more comfortable around others, he begins to trust others to care for him as well.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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