North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Emotional and Social Development (ESD)

Subdomain: Developing a Sense of Self

Goal: Children demonstrate a positive sense of self-identify and self-awareness.

Skill Progression: Awareness of self through emotional expressions and verbalizations

Age: 1-2 Months

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Cries to express hunger, discomfort, pain or distress

Situations for Observation of Skill

Watch during the daily activities.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child is not self-aware. At this level, expression of emotions is not intentional.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help parents hear the differences in the child’s cries. This is important for learning to read the child’s cues. As the adult responds the infant learns agency (agent causing something).

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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