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: Standing

Age: 10-12 Months

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May stand without support briefly

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant during daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The infant pulls to stand or moves into stand from a squat. Often the child appears unaware that she is standing without support.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Infants often drop to the floor when adults hold their hands in standing and then release their support. Infants gain confidence when they choose to stand on their own, without thinking about it. This often happens when they have support, such as a low table, where they play with objects. Because most objects need two hands to manipulate and operate, the child ends up standing unsupported.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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