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: 18-21 Months

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Reacts to other’s feelings by commenting and offering an object to make them feel better, demonstrates a broader range of comforting strategies

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in daily routines and in play interactions with another.

Elicitation Strategy

Conflicts or hurt feelings may arise naturally between siblings or peers. If not the adult can enter the play and pretend to be sad when a child takes a toy or when the blocks fall on her foot.

Behavior Observed

The child understands that others have preferences. She may retrieve a comfort object, such as a blanket or favorite toy and offer it to the upset child.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to assist children in understanding how to help people feel better. “Maybe he would feel better if you let him hold your bear.” Reinforce efforts. “Look, he’s smiling now. Thank you for helping him feel better.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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