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: 30-33 Months

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Asks for help or redirects self to another activity if frustrated

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in natural environments, particularly when engaged in challenging tasks.

Elicitation Strategy

Presenting difficult activities may present a situation where frustration is observed.

Behavior Observed

Watch for the child’s response to frustration. Does the child ask for help? Give up? Throw something? Cry or whine?

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children who are successful have an ability to tolerate frustration. Help adults think of options for how they can respond to the child’s frustration without solving the problem for him. Demonstrate how to offer a minimal assist. Model how to help the child break down the problem into smaller steps or think of an alternative approach.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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