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 recognize and respond to the needs and feelings of others.

Skill Progression: Recognizes and responds to needs and feelings of others

Age: 2-4 Months

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Vocalizes to socialize with another

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in face-to-face play situations with the adult. Watch the infant’s face when the adult looks up to talk to another or changes her facial expression.

Elicitation Strategy

Play face-to-face smiling games with the infant. Then stop smiling and change expression.

Behavior Observed

The infant makes vocalizations to get re-engagement.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children and adults both learn to read each other’s cues from facial, body, and vocal expression. If adults do not give clear, readable cues the infant may have a harder time determining affect. Encourage parents to give clear cues with facial expression, vocal intonation, and gestures

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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