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 small muscle control and hand-eye coordination to manipulate objects and work with tools.

Skill Progression: Reach/Grasp/Release

Age: 15-18 Months

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Reach: Reaches with lead and and assist hands

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during play and daily activities.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child uses both hands when needed.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to observe how the child uses both hands together and independently. Remind them that many children alternate hand usage and don’t establish hand dominance until preschool or later.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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