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 identify, manage, and express their feelings.

Skill Progression: Self-control

Age: 2-4 Months

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Demonstrates self-calming by sucking on fist or thumb

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant during daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child finds his fist or thumb to suck on. The adult may also try guiding the infant’s fist to his mouth. Observe whether this is helpful for calming.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Sucking is not just for feeding. Sucking is also calming. Infants calm when they nurse, suck a bottle nipple or a pacifier. Fists and fingers are attached to the infant, so they allow the child to self-calm.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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