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: 12-15 Months

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Recognizes other’s distress and pats, touches them

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with peers if possible. When crying or fussiness starts as a result of tiredness or sadness (not as a result of joint interest in a toy), observe the child’s reaction.

Elicitation Strategy

If no other infants are present, the adult can pretend to be hurt or sad.

Behavior Observed

The infant is aware that the situation is making him feel uncomfortable. So he comforts himself. If the person who is upset is near, the infant reaches out to pat him.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Learning to care for others means learning how others feel. Now as children watch facial expressions they begin to experience the associated feelings as well. As a result they may need to self-comfort. Provide the needed comfort with holding or a comfort object. Comment positively on a child’s actions to touch or pat someone who is in distress.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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