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: Behavioral regulation

Age: 18-21 Months

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Uses objects to calm self

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe natural interactions during daily routines and play.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the child to put an object in a specific spot (e.g., “Put your truck in the toy box.”) or ask the child to get something (e.g., “Go get your shoes.”)

Behavior Observed

The infant may have a favorite blanket or stuffed toy that helps him self-calm. He seeks out this toy when upset.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to help the child find calming strategies, such as sitting in a special chair, holding his blanket, or having a stuffed animal. The child needs to learn he can control his own emotions.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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