North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Emotional and Social Development (ESD)

Subdomain: Learning About Feelings

Goal: Children recognize and respond to the needs and feelings of others.

Skill Progression: Recognizes and responds to needs and feelings of others

Age: 15-18 Months

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Recognizes his actions cause feelings in others

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in daily routines and in play interactions with another.

Elicitation Strategy

Conflicts or hurt feelings may arise naturally between siblings or peers. If not the adult can enter the play and pretend to be sad when a child takes a toy or when the blocks fall on her foot.

Behavior Observed

The child understands not just that someone is upset, but that his actions caused the feelings. The child may offer a toy, pat the child or vocalize sympathy.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Parents love it when their child says, “I love you” and gives hugs. The child discovers he can make people happy, sad, or mad. His actions are not just for the good feelings he get, but also for intentionally eliciting feelings from others. He may tease, show off, comfort, etc. Adults should comment on how the child’s actions make them feel.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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