North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Health and Physical Development (HPD)

Subdomain: Self-Care

Goal: Children develop independence in caring for themselves and their environment.

Skill Progression: Eating/drinking

Age: 15-18 Months

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Lifts cup to mouth with one hand, may tip or drop cup

Situations for Observation of Skill

Provide a cup with one handle.

Elicitation Strategy

Hand the child a one-handled sippy cup with a liquid.

Behavior Observed

The weight of a heavy cup may be too difficult for a child to control with one hand.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

The child is now able to successfully eat and drink with little assistance. Encourage parents to have the child eat with the rest of the family rather than at a separate time. This way the child observes others eating, eats the same food, and participates in the mealtime talk.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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