North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

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

Subdomain: Developing a Sense of Self with Others

Goal: Children demonstrate the social and behavioral skills needed to successfully participate in groups.

Skill Progression: Social awareness and conscience

Age: 15-18 Months

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Shows awareness of adult’s wishes and expectations

Situations for Observation of Skill

Watch the infant during daily routines with the adult.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

Children remember routines and know what they should do (e.g., drop the diaper in the pail, lie down at naptime, self-feed at mealtime, etc.)

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

As children learn the adult’s expectations they strive to get reinforcement and love. Early childhood educators and parents should be encouraged to reward children’s efforts with hugs and words that acknowledge what the child did (e.g., “You did that all by yourself. Thank you for helping Mommy.”)

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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